St. Nicholas Hospital Services > Pain Management

Center for Pain and Work Rehabilitation
The Center for Pain and Work Rehabilitation is the area's most comprehensive source for the management of chronic pain.  Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Center's goal is to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from pain and help them return to a productive life at work or their homes. The Center works in cooperation with physicians and other services of the Hospital, including the Interventional Pain Clinic and Occupational Health Services.

The goals of the program include:
Using medications appropriately
Establishing normal sleep patterns
Decreasing depression and anxiety
Increasing strength, endurance, and flexibility
Resuming former activities

The Center for Pain and Work Rehabilitation draws on the expertise of all of the rehabilitation disciplines at the Hospital.

Interventional Pain Clinic
Pain management is an important part of patient care.  In fact, up to 80% of all health insurance claims are related to pain, particularly back pain.  However, today, more methods of treating pain are available than ever before, and, under the care of a qualified physician, almost every patient’s pain can be treated effectively.  This includes sufferers of chronic back pain and cancer-related pain.

Board-certified anesthesiologists at St. Nicholas Hospital manage aspects of both acute and/or chronic pain. The Pain Clinic works cooperatively with the Center for Pain and Work Rehabilitation at the Hospital and with physicians in that effort. The team is concerned with nonoperative as well as perioperative pain relief issues and educating patients about their pain relief options.


Medical Director: Joseph S. Bernstein , MD

Return to Hospital Services