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Pain Management Service
Helping Patients Manage Pain
“Chronic pain can disrupt every part of a person’s life including work and social activities,” says Paul Satwicz, MD, Anesthesiologist and Director of Pain Management at Newton-Wellesley. “Dealing with pain can make a person feel alone and distanced from family and friends. At Newton-Wellesley, we have highly trained specialists who help our patients diminish and even eliminate their pain.”
“We provide a patient-focused, friendly environment to meet the individual needs of our patients,” says Dr. Satwicz. “All of our patients receive care from board certified, attending level physicians and nurse practitioners who work to identify the cause of their pain and create a specific plan utilizing the latest methods.”
The Pain Management Service provides a variety of resources for patients in one convenient location. Patient care is provided by board certified anesthesiologists, interventional physiatrists (physical medicine), nurse practitioners, registered nurses and radiologic technologists with special training in pain management. Patients are referred for pain management services from various areas of the Hospital such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery, psychiatry, physiatry, neurology, rheumatology, internal medicine and occupational and physical therapy.
“We see patients on an outpatient basis in our clinic, but also provide services to patients in the Hospital and those undergoing surgery,” says Dr. Satwicz. “Our nurses help educate other nurses throughout the Hospital on pain management for patients and the best pain practices. Our nurses also work with patients before and after surgery to manage their pain.”
Patients must be referred to the Pain Management Service by their physician to come in for an initial consultation. This appointment allows the team to determine the most appropriate treatment for each patient’s pain management. A treatment plan is developed and reviewed with the patient and, if he or she wishes, with family as well.
“Communication is an important part of the pain management process,” says Dr. Satwicz. “The referring physician and the patient’s primary care physician will be sent a report along with ongoing follow-up communications about the patient’s progress.”
Wide Range of Services
To provide an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to pain management, patients now have access to Behavioral Medicine Services provided by Alan Witkower, Ed.D, CGP, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Witkower has recently joined the Pain Management Service to offer his pain management expertise to patients struggling to manage their pain and disability.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dr. Witkower recognizes how persistent pain can impact the patient’s relationships with family and friends, their work performance and their ability to enjoy recreational and leisure activities.
“Patients often tell me ‘I just exist now with my pain, I want to start living again despite my pain’,” says Dr. Witkower. “Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps to treat the whole person by offering strategies that work in concert with the patient’s medical treatments. Addressing their emotional and psychological needs is an integral part of compassionate pain management.
Newton-Wellesley is dedicated to providing these services to our patients and I am delighted to be part of the team.”
The Pain Management Services team is committed to providing all the resources to help patients regain their quality of life and return to the activities they enjoy. “We listen to our patients, recognize how real their pain is and try our best to help,” says Dr. Satwicz. “Our team is focused on providing the very best care and improving the lives of each of our patients.”
Medical Conditions Treated by Pain Management