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When you are in pain, it’s sometimes difficult to focus on anything else in your life.

Chronic Pain

At Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, our medical providers take the time to listen to and understand your pain-related concerns. Patients treated at the Pain Clinic generally receive care for chronic pain conditions resulting from injury, disease, surgeries, or other causes. Common symptoms treated include:

  • Chronic lower back and neck pain
  • Chronic joint pain
  • Chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facial and head pain
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic muscle pain syndromes
  • Joint arthritis
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Neck, shoulder and arm pain
  • Nerve pain

Pain Management Treatment Options

The treatment options we are offer as numerous as the ailments we see. Pain management treatments typically involve injections of anesthetic medicines or steroids around nerves, tendons, joints or muscles. Some of the most common treatment options include:

  • Facet joint injections. Facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and enable you to bend and twist.
  • Greater trochanteric bursa hip injection. Trochanteric bursitis is inflammation of the bursa sac that lies over the outside part of your thigh bone, where it joins the hip.
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection. A common treatment for many forms of lower back and leg pain (sciatica).
  • Occipital nerve block. A procedure involving injection of a steroid or other medication around the greater and lesser occipital nerves that are located on the back of the head just above the neck area.
  • Peripheral nerve block.  This procedure involves injecting a local anesthetic near the nerve, or nerves, that control sensation and movement to a specific part of the body.
  • Piriformis muscle injection. Common conditions for which this procedure is used include piriformis muscle spasm and inflamation.
  • Sacroiliac joint steroid injection. These injections are given directly to the sacroiliac joint located at the bottom of the spine.
  • Trigger-point injections. This is an outpatient procedure designed to reduce or relieve upper and lower back, neck, and shoulder/arm pain caused by trigger points (small knots that can form in muscles or in the facial tissue).

Referral and Consultation

Patients are referred to Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ Pain Clinic for pain medication/treatment by their primary care provider or other specialist. Questions about the Pain Clinic may be directed to (641) 842-1439.

Pain Clinician

Eric BarrettEric Barrett, CRNA, ARNP,  with NorthStar Anesthesia, collaborates with referring physicians to provide chronic pain management care for patients either in at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics’ surgical center or in a clinic setting.