Reducing Disability, Improving Function and Easing Pain
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The spine, or backbone,Â is an intricate structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. The most basicÂ activities,Â like standing and bending,Â toÂ more serious complications such asÂ spinal disease,Â can change the structure of the spine or damage surrounding tissue causingÂ pain and limiting movement.
The AmericanÂ Chiropractic Association estimates that more thanÂ 80 percentÂ of Americans will experienceÂ back painÂ at some time in their lives.Â To help deal with this concerning trend, the specialists at the Spine and Pain Center at the George Washington University ¸»Ó®˛ĘĆ± focus on working with patients who haveÂ acuteÂ and chronic spinal conditionsÂ to reduce disability,Â improve function and easeÂ pain.
OfferingÂ nonsurgical options such as injections, implantable devices and physical therapy, as well asÂ minimally invasive surgical procedures, The GW Spine and Pain Center is helping patientsÂ findÂ relief from back pain andÂ get active again.
Schedule an Appointment
Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS.
In addition to treating spinal disorders, the specialists at the GW Spine and Pain Center can diagnose and treat conditions like nerve-related pain, postsurgical pain, abdominal/pelvic pain, cancer pain andÂ fibromyalgia (a disorder causingÂ muscle pain and fatigue).
While the experienceÂ of pain differs from person to person, it's clear that many Americans are living with pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, more Americans suffer from pain thanÂ heart disease,Â cancer and diabetes combined. PainÂ is alsoÂ a major contributor to disability in this country.Â
Working closelyÂ withÂ orthopedic surgeons,Â neurosurgery and neurology and rehabilitationÂ professionals to coordinate care,Â the specialists at the GW Spine and PainÂ Center are helping patients manage their pain and live better lives.
Making Your AppointmentÂ
GW Spine and Pain Center
2131 K St, NW
Washington, DC 20037
The services of the GW Spine and Pain Center are available by appointment only.Â Since theÂ Center works primarily from referrals, please discussÂ your pain condition with yourÂ attendingÂ physician first and have them forward aÂ referring letter or consult notesÂ to the Pain Center before your first appointment.
On your first visit, you should also bring:Â
- X-rays, MRI, CT or myelogram films relating to your pain condition. Your referring physician's office should be able to assist you in obtaining these films and records.
- Medications you are currently taking, including the name, dosages (number of pills taken per day), milligrams and how long you have been taking the medication.
- Medications you have taken within the past year, including name, dosages (number of pills taken per day), milligrams, how long you took the medication, its effectiveness and why you stopped taking it. Also, any allergic reactions you may have had are important to note.
Most patients who are referred to the GW Spine and Pain CenterÂ will receive an evaluation by a neurologist or anesthesiologist. TheÂ evaluation will involve a review of your medical records, a physicalÂ and a detailed report of findings.Â
After your initial evaluation, a treatment program is developed just for youÂ directed at relieving your pain, teaching you how to manage pain and increasing your ability to work and carry out a normal lifestyle.
The staff at the GW Spine and Pain Center workÂ closely with Workers' Compensation, private insurance carriers, Medicare/Medicaid and most HMO plans and most times canÂ obtain the necessary payment authorization from your insurance carrier.Â However, in the event your claim is denied, you will be notified and someone at theÂ Center will work with you to make other payment arrangements.
If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please notify our offices as soon as possible.