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Franklin Pain and Wellness Center Newsletter September 2012

Changing the Verdict
Pain Clinics used to be viewed by many doctors as “the last resort”. After various treatments were attempted and medications were prescribed and sometimes abused, doctors would then refer the patient to a pain clinic. read more
NEW HIGH TECH LOWER BACK PAIN PROCEDURE COMES TO FRANKLIN MA
A specific type of lower spine pain called Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) is a condition that affects 1.2 million people in the United States annually. read more
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“Like” us for updates, news, health tips, inspirational stories and more! read more
A word from our patient Jim
Prior to the pain treatments, I had been in pain for over 15 years. I was hesitant to see a pain specialist for fear of not knowing what the outcome may be. read more

CHANGING THE VERDICT

Pain Clinics used to be viewed by many doctors as “the last resort”. After various treatments were attempted and medications were prescribed and sometimes abused, doctors would then refer the patient to a pain clinic. Doctors like Dr. Do Chan and Dr. Boris Shwartzman are changing the landscape of the medical model that so many have fallen into as a force of habit.

Extending their expertise beyond medication management, Chan and Shwartzman treat pain patients with an approach that aims to minimize medication dependency and improve quality of life. “Our main goal is to get the patient out of pain or at least to minimize their pain to a level where they can become more mobile” explains Dr. Chan, co-owner of The Franklin pain and Wellness Center.

Once the patients are not burdened by constant pain, they can build up muscle strength to help them enjoy activities they could not even think about before. Patients, who became depressed as a result of their pain and lack of relatability to the world around them, become more engaged with their friends and family once their pain is managed at The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.

The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center is changing the verdict for these patients. Instead of the last resort, now, it’s a place where patients can get specific treatment for their pain conditions with high-tech procedures like Kyphoplasty, Spinal Cord Stimulation and the MILD procedure. Primary care physicians are collaborating with the pain specialists and inter-communication is becoming vital in complex treatment of pain patients.

Of course some medications are still needed for pain treatment, but replacing medication dependency with these high tech procedures slowly minimizes the medication dose and sometimes completely eliminates the need for any medication at all. Pain patients can finally have a life without feeling misunderstood by the people around them thanks to the medical advances Drs. Chan and Shwartzman are making available to them, and that’s the new verdict.


NEW HIGH TECH LOWER BACK PAIN PROCEDURE COMES TO FRANKLIN MA

A specific type of lower spine pain called Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) is a condition that affects 1.2 million people in the United States annually. As we age, the ligaments and bones outside the spinal canal may thicken and press on the spinal canal causing it to narrow.

This is the phenomenon known as spinal stenosis. Stenosis is Greek for “choking” which describes what happens to the spinal cord. The narrowing or chocking of the spinal cord can compress or pinch nerve tissues resulting in pain, numbness and limited mobility.

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis used to be treated by surgery or pain medications, but thanks to a high tech minimally invasive procedure called mild© thousands of patients are getting relief and walking out of the procedure the same day. Unlike some treatments that temporarily address the symptoms, mild© effectively addresses the underlying cause of pain and immobility in patients with LSS.

mild© is an FDA-cleared procedure during which a trained physician inserts specialized tools through a tiny incision the size of a baby aspirin in the back, and removes small pieces of bone and excess ligament that cause the narrowing of the spinal canal. “It’s similar to removing a kink in a drinking straw” explains mild© trained physician of Franklin, MA, Dr. Do Chan.

The mild© procedure is performed in less than one hour and patients are able to resume light activities in just a few days. No general anesthesia is required and no implants or stitches are left behind. Linda Cisco, a long time hiking and outdoor enthusiast, started experiencing fatigue during her daily activities. After the mild© procedure, she is able to stay on her feet for hours. “I had no stitches or scarring and so little discomfort. Now it’s hard for me to imagine what I can’t do” she says.

Dr. Do Chan and Dr. Boris Shwartzman are trained mild© physicians in Franklin, MA. Their practice, The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center has been specializing in high tech chronic pain procedures since 2007. “Our goal is to increase mobility in our patients and mitigate or eliminate addictive pain medications from their treatment plan” states Dr. Boris Shwartzman of Franklin, MA. “The mild© procedure has been a great addition to our practice and we look forward to helping more patients regain their quality of life” he goes on.


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A Word From Our Patient Jim

"Prior to the pain treatments, I had been in pain for over 15 years. I was hesitant to see a pain specialist for fear of not knowing what the outcome may be. The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center took away my fear and now I’m not worried about the outcome of treatments. I feel that Franklin Pain has gotten a handle on my personal case and future treatment. I always speak highly of this clinic when anyone asks how I’m doing." - Jim


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