Blog Articles

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

Spinal cord stimulation is an effective and useful strategy that treats the most challenging pain conditions. Here is an overview that describes this promising therapeutic option.
Apr 9th, 2023

Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) spinal cord stimulation

Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness focuses on the most cutting-edge and promising treatments to help our patients living with chronic pain. Dr. Sam Grodofsky has extensive experience in DRG stimulation and has helped many suffering from nerve damage pain.
Apr 30th, 2023

Physical Therapy and Pain Management

Physical therapy and pain management often go hand in hand. Pain is a common symptom experienced by people from all walks of life, and physical therapy can be a valuable tool in managing and reducing pain.
Apr 26th, 2023

Physical Therapy

Our care model emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to treating the causes of your pain. If you have knee pain, back pain, neck pain, or any musculoskeletal problem, you should strongly consider our integrated physical therapy approach.
Apr 22nd, 2023

Videos on Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

I provide links that discuss the operating room setting where I perform spinal cord stimulation (SCS), discuss the risks of spinal cord stimulation, and links to further overviews of this technology.
Apr 15th, 2023

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural therapy that uses your own blood to promote anti-aging effects and healing in a painful joint.
Mar 29th, 2021

When injured, don't stop moving

After an injury, unless there is a severe condition that can be determined relatively quickly and is rare, you should stay as active as you can to promote the proper healing conditions. The key to success is pacing when treating at Philly Smart Pain.
Mar 26th, 2021

Caring To The Core

We try to follow the guiding principle of the practice motto, which is a smart approach to pain and rehabilitative medicine. The term smart is a loaded term, but I would like to emphasize the characteristics of being well reasoned and focused on accuracy.
Jan 11th, 2021

Mild® Post-procedure Care

What to Expect After the mild® Procedure To achieve optimal recovery and rests, follow these instructions carefully. You should be discharged and able to walk on the same day of the procedure. As with any procedure, you may feel sore afterwards. If you...
Jan 10th, 2021

How To Change Your Life

Even with the end of the horrendous year that is 2020, a constant ring has remained which tolls New Year’s resolutions. In pre-COVID years, during the first few months of the years, I am never surprised by the increased crowds in my gym as many...
Jan 4th, 2021

Herniated Disc: Key To Success

Herniated discs occur from an injury, commonly with improper and excessive lifting or it is a degenerative or age-related process. In both scenarios, the onset of pain is significant and at times renders patients incapable of doing anything.
Dec 25th, 2020

Introducing The New Member Of Our Team

Nackea Bachman PA-C is pleased to join the multidisciplinary care team of Philadelphia Smart Pain and Wellness. Nackea was born and raised in Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, and received her bachelor’s degree at Temple University. She continued her...
Oct 25th, 2020

Now Providing Physical Therapy

We are excited to introduce Amber Nauman, DPT who will offer physical therapy in the Bala Cynwyd office. Philadelphia Smart Pain & Rehab will be an important division within the practice to create a multidisciplinary approach by combining...
Oct 8th, 2020

Our Approach To Injections

Steroid injections, such as epidural injections in the back and neck or joint injections, are performed primarily to decrease inflammation. When inflammation is decreased, the expectation is that pain is also reduced. These procedures are usually more...
Sep 18th, 2020

Stellate Ganglion Injection

If we suspect that your hand pain is related to a nerve-related injury or a condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), we can perform a safe injection called the Stellate Ganglion Block. The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves...
Jun 18th, 2020

Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Philly Smart Pain now offers ketamine infusion therapy to address the most challenging pain conditions. This treatment option fits into our efforts to personalize care and find the right treatment options for each of our patients.
Jun 4th, 2020

Covid-19 Changes

Coronavirus has changed our lives in dramatic ways. It is now scary to go outside, see friends and family, hug, shake hands, or do anything that makes us social. This virus has disrupted the fundamental strength of being human- communicating and...
May 17th, 2020

The Challenges Of Treating Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is one of the most challenging conditions to treat in medicine. First, it is invisible. There is no easy to recognize abnormality that can simply be fixed through a simple procedure or medication. It is an experience that the doctor cannot...
May 14th, 2020

What Is A Spinal Cord Stimulator?

A spinal cord stimulator harnesses the properties of electricity to treat pain. It is the most rapidly improving therapy in all of pain management. This is an option when other therapies have been tried such as the use of...
Jun 9th, 2018

Trigger Point Injection

(TPI) may be an option for treating pain in some patients. TPI is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Many times, such knots can be felt under the skin.
Jun 22nd, 2017


Discography is a diagnostic procedure used to determine if one or more discs are the cause of back pain. The procedure involves pressurizing discs by injecting them with a sterile liquid to induce pain in the affected discs.
Jun 22nd, 2017

Joint Injection

A local anesthetic (usually lidocaine or bupivacaine) is typically injected into the joint with the goal of determining immediate pain relief to determine if the joint is the source of the pain.
Jun 22nd, 2017


Prevents headaches and migraines before they start. Botox is the first and only FDA-approved preventive treatment for Chronic Migraine. Botox prevents on average 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month.
Jun 22nd, 2017

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure in which part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from medium frequency...
Jun 22nd, 2017

Fluoroscopic-Guided Injections

Fluoroscopic-guided injections are used for pain treatment and management. Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with the injection of medication into...
Jun 22nd, 2017