Chronic pain management in Portsmouth

For many people, living with pain is a part of life. Pain is so prevalent, in fact, that it is the most common symptom patients discuss with their doctors. But for patients with chronic pain, living a full and active life should be an attainable goal.

As a leader in whole-person care, Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers pain management services that combine the knowledge and experience of medical experts in anesthesiology, interventional radiology, neurosurgery, neurological care, orthopedic surgery and physiatry to provide compassionate, effective pain management solutions for our patients.

Pain conditions we treat

We treat a variety of pain conditions, including:

  • Spinal pain (neck and back pain)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal compression fracture
  • Post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles)
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Phantom limb syndrome
  • Spondylolysis
  • Migraines
  • Neuropathy

Advanced treatment options

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we're committed to using the latest and most effective pain management techniques using a wide range of approaches.

Noninvasive treatments

Typically, noninvasive methods of care involve procedures or tools that do not break the skin or physically enter the body. Noninvasive treatments include:

  • Rehabilitation services—Physical, occupational and warm-water aquatic therapy
  • Integrative care—Biofeedback, massage and Reiki
  • Nutrition services—Education and meal planning for optimal health
  • Therapeutic exercise—Yoga, T'ai Chi and Pilates
  • Myofascial release—A form of deep tissue therapy used to stretch, massage and release pressure in painful muscles and tissue
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)—A therapy that sends a mild, painless electrical current through electrode patches in the treatment area, relieving stiffness, improving mobility and relieving pain

Minimally invasive treatments

Minimally invasive procedures use technology that enables doctors to make smaller incisions than those in traditional open surgery, resulting in less pain and a faster recovery. Such treatments include:

  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty
  • Nerve and facet blocks (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Percutaneous disc decompression
  • Trigger point with dry needling
  • Epidural steroids
  • Minimally invasive lumbar laminectomy

Surgical treatments

Our highly skilled surgeons offer a number of procedures for pain management, including:

  • Nerve entrapment releases, including tarsal tunnel and carpal tunnel
  • Cervical column stimulation
  • Discectomy
  • Cervical and lumbar fusions
  • Cervical and lumbar intrathecal infusion pumps
  • Decompression laminectomies (lumbar, thoracic, cervical)
  • Spinal cord stimulation