Pain Management

St. Catherine Hospital

St. Catherine Hospital
401 E Spruce St
Garden City, Kansas 67846

Emergency Room: 24/7

Pain Management

St. Catherine Hospital

About Center for Pain Management

St. Catherine Hospital offers a comprehensive list of pain management services and procedures designed to diagnose, treat and find an effective solution for chronic pain. Millions of people suffer from chronic pain, a pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Unlike acute pain, this pain tends to linger, with relief difficult to obtain. Using the latest in diagnostic technology, paired with medical and interventional therapeutics, we will work with you to identify the source of the pain, eliminate or reduce the pain, and teach you to manage it.

At the Center for Pain Management we can:

  • Target the location of the pain
  • Understand what is causing the pain

We offer a variety of procedures available to diagnose symptoms that cause unwanted discomfort. Learning is half the battle. Once we discover the type of pain you are experiencing, our associates will create a plan to best treat your pain.

  • Services Provided

    Types of Treatment

    We currently offer a wide range of injection options along with radiofrequency ablations to meet the needs of our patients with pain in the neck, arm, back or legs caused by spinal stenosis, spondylosis, herniated disc, degenerative disc, sciatica, injury plus many other conditions.

    The most common services provided:

    • Lumbar epidural steroid and facets joints in lumbar region
    • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar steroid epidurals
    • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar facet injections
    • Trigger point injections
    • SI injections
    • Stellate ganglion block
    • Piriformis injection
    • Peripheral nerve block
    • Median nerve block
    • Occipital nerve block
    • Joint/bursa injections
    • Radiofrequency ablations
    • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Procedure Information

    The nurse will give pre-op instructions 1-2 days prior to the procedure.

    General instructions include:

    • Stop taking blood thinners – your nurse will give you specific instructions on when to stop medications
    • Do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours prior to the procedure
    • Arrive one hour prior to the start of the procedure
    • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
    • Bring a responsible driver to drive you home – you will not be allowed to drive yourself home

    Most procedures take approximately 20 minutes and are done under local (numbing medicine) anesthesia. However, some procedures and/or patients require use of an oral sedative (relaxing medicine given by mouth).

    Most patients are able to go home 30 minutes after the procedure.

    The most common complications after a procedure are:

    • Headache
    • Soreness/bruising at the injection site

    It is normal for the pain to return for a few days after the procedure while the steroid medicine begins to work.

    Most treatment plans consist of three visits. A one-week follow-up will be done between visits and after the completion of the treatment plan. Since treatment plans vary from patient to patient, the nurse will give specific post-procedure instructions after each treatment.

  • Patient Role

    You have a vital role in the success of your treatment plan by providing clear, accurate information about your pain. This information provides assistance in determining which treatment plan is best suited for you. It is also important to follow the treatment plan and any other instructions given.

    When to seek help:

    • Pain has been on/off for three months
    • Pain that makes it difficult for you to sleep
    • You have an illness/injuries that have healed but the pain is still there
    • A family member is suffering and you have questions
    • Pain that interferes with your daily activities

    We work with our patient’s additional health care professionals by keeping the lines of communication open whether it is about current treatment options, results of the treatment plan or any other recommended treatments.