We try to follow the guiding principle of the practice motto, which is a smart approach to pain and rehabilitative medicine. The term smart is a loaded term,  but I would like to emphasize the characteristics of being well reasoned and focused on accuracy. Our smart approach asks the questions, “what exactly is causing your…

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Stellate Ganglion Injection

If we suspect that your hand pain is related to a nerve-related injury or a condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), we can perform a safe injection called the Stellate Ganglion Block. The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves that lies in front of the cervical vertebra. These nerves function to affect blood…

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COVID-19 changes

Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness is now offering site of care COVID-19 testing. Our clinically validated test uses a finger stick to measure antibody levels in the blood that reflect active coronavirus infection. It also tests for antibodies that reflect if you previously were infected and have developed long-standing immunity. The blood test takes 10…

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Philly Smart Pain now offers ketamine infusion therapy to address the most challenging pain conditions. This treatment option fits into our efforts to personalize care and find the right treatment options for each of our patients. Ketamine is a safe, FDA approved anesthetic medication. It was synthesized in 1962 and found to have the potential…

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Chronic pain is one of the most challenging conditions to treat in medicine. First, it is invisible. There is no easy to recognize abnormality that can simply be fixed through a simple procedure or medication. It is an experience that the doctor cannot measure and requires empathy to appreciate the true scope of the problem.…

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A spinal cord stimulator harnesses the properties of electricity to treat pain. It is the most rapidly improving therapy in all of pain management. This is an option when other therapies have been tried such as the use of chemistry (medications, steroids), strength and conditioning the body (physical therapy, chiropractic care, exercise), mechanical intervention (surgery) or…

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