Management for Chronic Back and Spine Pain at Shepherd Center

Interventional pain management and treatments for chronic back and spine pain

Back and spinal pain can be any pain or discomfort in the upper, middle, or lower back and can be caused by injury, nerve damage, muscle or ligament damage, or problems with nerves or blood vessels. When pain in the spine becomes chronic, the exact source of the pain can be difficult to identify and complex to treat.

Since its inception, the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute has used a multidisciplinary approach to help patients find the root cause of their pain while providing specialized and innovative treatment plans to restore and improve their quality of life.

This comprehensive and holistic approach to chronic pain management includes a variety of treatment options such as interventional pain management treatments, physical therapy, pain psychology, and referrals to other specialists and clinics at Shepherd Center. 

Common Back and Spine Conditions We Treat

  • Bulging discs
  • Failed back
  • Degenerative Disc Disease of the Spine 
  • Facet Joint Syndrome 
  • Herniated discs 
  • Pain after spinal cord injury
  • Pinched nerve in the neck
  • Post-surgical back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain 
  • Sciatica 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Spinal stenosis 
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Spondylosis 
  • Tailbone pain

Interventional Pain Management Treatments for the Back and Spine 

The Pain Institute offers many interventional pain management treatments to help treat and manage chronic spine pain. Your dedicated care team of pain specialists will tailor your treatment approach based on your conditions and symptoms. Interventional pain management can include procedure-based interventions and invasive procedures. Common treatments offered for the back and spine at the Pain Institute include: 

  • Epidural steroid injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacroiliac, and caudal) 
  • Facet joint injections
  • Intrathecal pumps
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Selective nerve root blocks (cervical) 
  • Small joint injections (costovertebral) 
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy or neurotomy (cervical and thoracic)

For details about these treatments, please call the Pain Institute at 404-603-4203.

Physical Therapy for Chronic Back and Spine Pain

To complement interventional pain management treatments, your pain specialist may also recommend physical therapy as part of your comprehensive treatment plan. Our dedicated physical therapist uses a variety of techniques and strategies to help reduce pain, improve strength, and increase endurance. Each physical therapy treatment plan is individually tailored to meet your goals and optimize outcomes.

Learn More about Physical Therapy for Pain

The physical therapist in the Pain Institute performs therapy on a patient as they are laying down holding a weighted ball overhead

Sybil Williams poses on a walk with her daughter and two granddaughters

My pain specialist was so kind. He told me, ‘We’re going to work until we narrow down the root of all this.’ I really felt like he took a personal interest in what was going on with me. Even between visits, he would check in on me.

Sybil Williams
Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute 

Shepherd Director of Psychology, Laurie Nash, sits in her office with patient, Quinn Hogan.

Psychological Therapy Services for Chronic Back and Spine Pain

Our comprehensive approach to pain management also addresses the psychological and emotional responses to pain — such as stress, anxiety, or depression — which can often contribute to a vicious cycle of pain. Our dedicated pain psychologist is trained to help people with chronic pain improve their conditions and symptoms for the mind, body, and soul. Both individual and group sessions are available and use evidence-based techniques such as biofeedback, mindfulness-based training, and cognitive behavioral restructuring. 

Learn More about Psychological Therapy for Pain

Appointments and Referrals for the Pain Institute

Located within Shepherd Center in Atlanta, the Pain Institute offers convenient access and free parking. A variety of scheduling options are provided, including repeat appointment times when available. As a one-stop shop for chronic pain, patients have access to the most comprehensive pain services, from a visit with a dedicated pain specialist to physical therapy, pain psychology, and more.

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Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center

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Our Address

2020 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-1465

Clinic Hours

Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

8:30 a.m. - Noon ET