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Caring To The Core Jan 11th, 2021

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. Our smart approach asks the questions, “what exactly is...

Mild® Post-procedure Care Jan 10th, 2021

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 feel extreme discomfort or pain, contact your...

How To Change Your Life Jan 4th, 2021

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 put action to their plan...

Herniated Disc: Key To Success Dec 25th, 2020

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. Some visit the emergency room, others sleep on the floor for nights...

Introducing The New Member Of Our Team Oct 25th, 2020

Nackea Backman, pain management PA. 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 education in graduate school, earning her Master’s...

Now Providing Physical Therapy Oct 8th, 2020

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 physical therapy with pain management in order to achieve the best possible...

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Sep 21st, 2020

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has helped us treat countless patients with musculoskeletal injuries and degenerative conditions. It is a therapy that we are passionate about and reflects the underlying philosophy of Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness of boosting health and addressing the causes of pain. PRP is a regenerative...

Our Approach To Injections Sep 18th, 2020

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 effective than taking pills because the medication is deposited directly at the problem...

Stellate Ganglion Injection Jun 18th, 2020

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 that lies in front of the cervical vertebra. These...

Covid-19 Testing Jun 16th, 2020

Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness is now offering site of care COVID-19 testing. Our clinically validated test uses a finger stick to measure antibody levels in the blood that reflect active coronavirus infection. It also tests for antibodies that reflect if you previously were infected and have developed long-standing immunity....

Ketamine Infusion Therapy Jun 4th, 2020

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. Ketamine is a safe, FDA approved anesthetic medication. It was synthesized in 1962 and...

Covid-19 Changes May 17th, 2020

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 forming strong connections. The infectious disease experts have recommended...

The Challenges Of Treating Chronic Pain May 14th, 2020

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 measure and requires empathy to appreciate the...

What Is A Spinal Cord Stimulator? Jun 9th, 2018

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 chemistry (medications, steroids), strength and conditioning the body (physical therapy, chiropractic care, exercise),...

Trigger Point Injection Jun 22nd, 2017

(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.

Discography 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.

Joint Injection Jun 22nd, 2017

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.

Botox 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.

Radiofrequency Ablation Jun 22nd, 2017

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 alternating current (in the range of 350–500 kHz).

Fluoroscopic-Guided Injections Jun 22nd, 2017

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 a specific area of the body. The injection of this nerve-numbing substance is called...