• Center for Pain Management, A NorthBay Affiliate

    Keeping Pain From Managing You 

    Stopping the cycle of chronic pain takes a specialized approach with attention to individual concerns. The Center for Pain Management, A NorthBay Affiliate, brings advanced pain management care to Solano County, focusing on improving quality of life with a variety of treatment methods to help patients reach their unique goals.

    Chronic Pain Can Have Devastating Consequences

    Chronic pain often begins a cycle of physical, social and psychological impairments that prevent healing. Pain can cause stress, strain on relationships, financial pressure, insomnia, depression, and dependence on drugs or alcohol.

    Pain Management Takes a Coordinated Effort

    Our team includes physicians, nurse practitioner, case manager nurse, nutritionist, physical therapists and other rehabilitation professionals – to help patients heal the body, mind and spirit.

    Michael Amster, MD
    Cynthia Peña, MD
    M. Tamara Lee, MSN, RN

    Patient Education Means Long-term Relief

    Pain specialists work closely with patients to help them discover what may trigger their pain and learn ways to help avoid or manage the condition. Patients often realize greater pain relief and improved mobility by participating in an eight-week Pain Management Essentials program.

    Pain Management Essentials Program Helps Patients Gain Control

    Chronic pain attacks the body, mind and spirit. That’s why the Center for Pain Management patients are encouraged to consider a holistic approach with an innovative program designed to help to reduce pain and improve mobility.

    NorthBay Pain Management Essentials program:

    • Is conducted by a pain management specialist, pain psychologist and physical therapist
    • Teaches strategies to manage your pain and to identify and avoid triggers
    • Combines the best of modern medicine – physical therapy, state-of-the-art procedures and medications -- with complementary healing techniques such as massage, meditation, yoga and relaxation
    • Can lessen the need for pain medication and even reduce dependence on medical care
    • Focuses on improving quality of life and meeting patient’s individual goals
    For more information on the Center for Pain Management Essentials classes and other programs, call (707) 646-4666.

     Center for Pain Management Philosophy

    The philosophy of the Center for Pain Management staff is a simple one: "Pain Is What The Patient Says It Is."

    Many people with chronic pain know the frustration of feeling like no one understands what they are going through, or worse, that no one believes them. The staff of the Center for Pain Management knows that we all perceive pain differently and the patient’s experience of pain is respected at all times.

    Treatment Methods

    Knowing that every patient is different is the cornerstone of care at Center for Pain Management. Treatment plans are based on close communication with the patient and the patient’s assessment of his or her progress. A combination of state-of-the-art medicine with complementary healing techniques may be advised to ease discomfort, all under the direction of the specially trained center staff.

    Treatment plans can include:

    • Physical Therapy and Body Conditioning
    • Medications
    • Anesthetic injections
    • Psychological counseling and support
    • Massage
    • Relaxation and biofeedback
    • Behavior Modification
    • Chiropractic
    • Health and nutrition counseling
    • Non-traditional therapies
      (including acupuncture and TENS)
    • Pain Management Essentials classes  
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    In addition to these therapies, the Pain Center has many of the latest interventional pain treatments including:

    • Anesthetic and steroid injections
    • Medial branch blocks
    • Radiofrequency nerve ablation
    • Lumbar and cervical discography
    • Nucleoplasty
    • Interdiscal Electro-Thermocoagulation (IDET)
    • Botox/myoblock injection
    • Spinal cord stimulation
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    Treatment Goals

    The staff works closely with each patient and family to meet their particular goals. For some, getting back to work is most important. For others it may be simply increasing mobility or relieving stress or depression. The following are achievable goals for most Center for Pain Management patients:

    • Decreased pain
    • Decreased stress
    • Improved outlook on life
    • Resume activities such as work, physical exercise or hobbies
    • Increased body flexibility, strength and endurance
    • Better sleep patterns
    • Improved relationships with family and friends.

    Conditions We Treat

    The Center for Pain Management is for anyone in the community who suffers from chronic pain. Conditions we can treat include:

    • Back and neck pain
    • Bursitis
    • Cancer-related pain
    • Chest wall pain
    • Chronic Pelvic Pain
    • Complex and Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
    • Cumulative trauma disorders
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Headaches
    • Myofacial pain
    • Nerve entrapments (Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel)
    • Phantom Limb Syndromes
    • Plantar Fascitis
    • Post-herpetic Neuralgia
    • Post-laminectomy syndrome
    • Runner’s knee
    • Spinal pain
    • Sports-related Pain
    • Tendonitis
    • TMJD
    • Whiplash Syndrome
    • Work-related chronic pain
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    If you are experiencing chronic pain from an injury or condition not listed here, please call us. Chances are we can help.

    Making An Appointment

    Making an appointment with our specialists at the Center for Pain Management can be the first step toward feeling better about your health and your life. Depending on your insurance coverage, you can make an appointment yourself or be referred to us by your primary care physician, a chiropractor, your attorney or other professional.  Please call our office at (707) 646-4666 and we will be happy to schedule a consultation.