Pain Management





  • A Better Way to Treat Pain

Pain Management Overview

  • Overview

    “Kansas No one should have to live with chronic pain. Our Pain Management staff will help you reduce or eliminate pain to help you achieve a normal, productive lifestyle.

    We start with a thorough assessment that includes a complete pain history, followed by a personal treatment plan that ranges from the most conservative pain control management techniques to complex interventional pain procedures.

    Your care might include physical therapy and occupational therapy. Your plan also might include alternative, non-medical solutions — in many cases highly effective — such as pain psychology for biofeedback, hypnosis and other relaxation techniques.

    An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Abdominal Pain

    “Kansas Chronic Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Abdominal pain can occur anywhere between your chest and groin. It may be called stomach or belly pain. It may be a sharp, dull, achy, cramping, or squeezing pain that comes in waves. Chronic pelvic pain is located between the belly button and the hips and groin and lasts for 6 months or more.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for abdominal pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Back Pain

    “Kansas Chronic ache or discomfort in the back and spinal column. Back pain is very common, affecting most adults at some point in their lives.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for back pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Cancer Pain

    “Kansas About one-third of cancer patients have pain. This can result from tumors pressing on bones, nerves or organs; or pain related to cancer treatment.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for cancer pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Facial Pain

    “Kansas Usually felt on one side of the jaw or cheek, but some people experience pain at different times on both sides. The attacks of pain may be repeated one after the other. They may come and go throughout the day and last for days, weeks, or months at a time or can disappear for months or years. 

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for facial pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Headaches

    “Kansas There are several different types of headache, including, tension, migraine, cluster and sinus.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for headaches. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Joint Pain

    “Kansas Joint Pain can affect any part of your body, caused by many different problems, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis and gout.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for joint pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

    “Kansas Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that affects the nerves and blood vessels of one or more limbs.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for CRPS. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Shingles

    “Kansas A painful infection caused by the same virus that produces chickenpox. Even decades after you’ve recovered from chickenpox, the virus lives within your nerves. If these viruses become reactivated, then you develop shingles.

    Our doctors offer a variety of treatments for shingles pain. An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Treatments: Blocks

    “Kansas Intercostal block - treats pain in the chest and upper abdomen.

    IV infusion treatment - for headaches and other pain conditions.

    Lumbar sympathetic nerve block - an injection of local anesthetic into or around the sympathetic nerves, located on the either side of spine, in the lower back.

    Neurolytic block - A form of nerve block involving the deliberate injury of a nerve by the application of chemicals (neurolysis) or physical agents such as freezing or heating (neurotomy).

    Occipital nerve stimulators - for chronic headaches.

    Peripheral nerve block - treats chronic pain when drugs or other treatments do not control pain or cause bad side effects.

    Radiofrequency Ablation of the Nerves - relieves chronic back pain caused by degeneration of the spine. and chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis.

    Relaxation techniques - such as biofeedback and hypnosis.

    Spinal cord stimulators and peripheral nerve stimulators - for chronic pain when other treatments fail.

    Sympathetic block - determines damage to the sympathetic nerve chain.

    TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) injections – to relieve symptoms such as pain with chewing, headaches and nerve inflammation.

    Trigger point injection - used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax.

    An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Treatments: Injections

    “Kansas Botox injections - for chronic headaches.

    Bursa injections – shots to relieve pain and inflammation from bursitis.

    Caudal epidural injection – a shot into the lowest portion of the spine to help reduce lower back and leg pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, bone spurs or other back problems. You have nerves that run from your spinal cord out to your back and legs.

    Celiac/splanchnic plexus block - treats patients suffering from abdominal and/or flank pain secondary to cancer.

    Diagnostic nerve block - determines sources of pain and typically contains an anesthetic with a known period of relief.

    Epidural steroid injection - treats inflammation associated with low back-related leg pain, or neck-related arm pain. In both conditions, the spinal nerves become inflamed due to narrowing of the passages where the nerves travel as they pass down or out of the spine.

    Facet injection - a shot of medication into the actual facet joints, located between each set of vertebrae in the spine, from the neck to the tailbone.

    Facial nerve stimulators - for chronic facial pain.

    Implantation of intrathecal drug delivery system (Baclofen and Pain pumps) – For patients with chronic, severe pain who need high doses of medications and cannot tolerate the side effects. 

    An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Dr. Farhan, MD

    “Kansas Dr. Muhammad Farhan, MD is the Medical Director of the University of Missouri-Kansas City multidisciplinary pain management program. He received his medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Pakistan. He then completed his residency training in psychiatry at UMKC and completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit.

    Dr. Farhan completed his interventional pain management fellowship at the University Of Southern California Keck School Of Medicine. He is board-certified in Pain Management as well as in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry & Neurology.  

    His medical interests include neuropathic pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, pain in multiple sclerosis, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm sleep disorders and effects of psychotropic and pain medications on sleep architecture.

    An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.
  • Dr. Waldman, MD

    “Kansas Steven D. Waldman, M.D., J.D., a pioneer in the specialty of pain management, has served as a mentor, innovator, and teacher for an entire generation of pain management specialists. Dr. Waldman was one of the first physicians in the United States to engage in the full-time private practice of pain management and was among the first to advance the idea that pain management was a specialty in and of itself rather than a small part of another specialty.

    Dr. Waldman holds a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and was one of the first 100 students to be admitted in 1973 to its new medical school. He earned his medical degree in 1977, completed his internship at Mayo Clinic in 1978 and did his residency in anesthesiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He received his Juris Doctor from the University Of Kansas School Of Law in 1996.

    An appointment for an initial consultation in the Pain Management Center requires a primary care physician referral with your medical records pertaining to previous pain treatment. For more information on scheduling an appointment please call 816-404-7800.

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