Chronic Pain Treatment Center

The Chronic Pain Treatment Center was founded in 1977 to evaluate and treat patients who suffer from chronic, intractable pain resulting from benign or malignant disease.

In 1988, an Acute Pain Treatment Service was added to provide adequate analgesia for patients with post-surgical pain, post-traumatic pain, or acute exacerbation of chronic pain.

Since its inception, the Chronic Pain Treatment Center has expanded both physically and in the scope of services provided. This expansion allows us to evaluate and treat patients in order to provide:

  • Prolonged, tolerable pain relief
  • Reduction of dependency on medications, particularly narcotics
  • Education of patients and family
  • More active and productive lives

The Chronic pain treatment center is the first comprehensive pain service in central New York area, and it is one of only a few pain centers that offers integrated pain services for patients with acute and chronic pain syndromes. In order to meet patients' complex medical needs, the Center frequently draws upon other specialty medical services available at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

A variety of invasive and non-invasive treatments are utilized including

  • Differential Neural Blockade
  • Sympathetic and Steroid blocks
  • Regional infiltration of the muscle
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Cryoanalgesia
  • Pharmacologic therapy
  • TENS/Interferential therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Implantation of dorsal column stimulators and intrathecal morphine pumps

In keeping with the Upstate Medical University's tradition, clinical research and education are ongoing and integral parts of the chronic pain treatment center.

Some common syndromes seen at the center

  • Chronic Low back pain
  • Sympathetically mediated pain
  • Painful condition following any type of injury; usually presenting as severe burning pain, discoloration, and swelling
  • Post herpetic and Diabetic neuralgias
  • Pain following shingles and painful hands and feet associated with diabetes
  • Post operative neuralgias
  • Shooting type of pain associated with minor injury to nerve
  • Deafferentation pain—e.g., phantom limb pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia—Painful conditions from muscles and ligaments