Here is a brief overview of some of the treatments offered at Modern Pain Management.
Conditions We Treat:
Low back pain
Vertebral compression fractures
SI joint pain
Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS, RSD)
Headaches (tension, migraines, cluster)
Arm and shoulder pain
Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid arthritis pain
Post-surgery pain syndrome
Phantom limb pain syndrome
Comprehensive Pain Management
The best approach to pain management is a combination of physical therapy, injections, nerve ablations, psychological counselling, as well as medications. We feel that patients get the best results when multiple modalities are combined. We do not just chronically manage pain medications.
Many pain problems will improve with “conservative management”. At Modern Pain Management, our approach moves a patient from conservative treatment options to more advanced treatment options based on his or her response to treatment. Conservative care generally consists of some period of watchful waiting, with analgesic medications to allow the body to heal itself. Physical therapy (PT) is often used to help the patient learn to re-use, and strengthen an injured or surgically repaired body part. PT can also be used to help a patient to become more functional and able to return to activities previously not possible.
Pain medications come in many different routes of administration. We utilize topical gels and patches, as well as tablets. Often, a combination of pain medication can be individualized to improve pain control while minimizing side effects. Some categories of pain medications include: non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, anti-convulsants, anti-depressants, opioids, and muscle relaxers.
Some patients may be a candidate for a pain pump. Modern Pain Management is very experienced in intrathecal pain pumps.
Many Chronic pain syndromes improve with injections and nerve blocks. They help decrease local inflammation to help decrease pain, or allow physical therapy to achieve progress.There are also minimally invasive nerve ablation procedures that we perform that destroy nerves in the spine, knee, hip, and other places that help relieve pain
We also perform many chemical nerve ablation procedures for cancer patients that can help with pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Many pain syndromes can be treated with spinal cord stimulation (SCS). This treatment modality is a non pharmacological treatment modality that has been show in the literature to decrease pain and increase functionality when other modalities have failed.
Osteopathic Manipulative treatment
We utilize Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) to help restore proper bodily function, as well as to increase range of motion, decrease muscle spasms, improve strength, and increase functionality.
As a leading pain doctor in Houston, we are passionate about providing the highest level of patient care at our pain management clinics by creating a warm environment where we treat our patients like family. We utilize interventional techniques and comprehensive pain management to obtain the best outcomes to reduce pain and improve functionality!
As a leading pain specialist, we are committed to providing the most state of the art procedures and approaches that will aid in providing minimally invasive solutions for you!
Dr. George Atallah, a native Houstonian, is board-certified in Anesthesiologist by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and a fellowship-trained Pain Medicine Physician. He currently serves as President of Modern Pain Management. He is also currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine, and helps educate residents in Anesthesiology as well as acute and chronic pain management.
Dr. Atallah graduated Summa Cum Laude from Houston Baptist University with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. During his time there, he was the recipient of the HBU science student of the year award and served as president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honors society. He then attended medical school at The University of North Texas Health Science Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Atallah went on to complete a residency in Anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine. During his residency training, Dr. Atallah was heavily active in research and was awarded the Clinical Scientist Research Tract.
Dr. Atallah then completed a fellowship in Pain Management at the prestigious University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, one of the best pain fellowships in the world. Subsequently, he has a unique approach to cancer pain management.
Dr. Atallah is widely considered an expert in advanced diagnostics, cancer pain, spine related pain, arthritic pain, as well as many other chronic pain syndromes. He is an expert in neuromodualtion, spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal therapy and management of pain pumps, as well as vertebral augmentation, vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. He strives to improve the quality of life for each of his patients. He believes that a comprehensive and multimodal approach including – but not limited to- interventional injections/procedures, physical therapy, and medication management, can help to achieve and maintain pain relief, improve quality of life as well as functionality.
Dr. George Atallah