Montana Spine & Pain Center
Montana Spine & Pain Center
When you have back pain, every part of your life is affected. It’s difficult to be active, to relax or sleep. We understand the emotional and physical toll that chronic pain can take on your life, and we’re here to help.
The specialists at the Montana Spine & Pain Center evaluate and treat conditions that affect your bones, joints and muscles. We work closely with you and your doctor to evaluate your specific issue and find the best treatment options for you.
Upon a referral from your doctor, we will thoroughly evaluate your pain and current medications to create a treatment plan. Our specialties include:
- Comprehensive back and neck care
- Injection/intervention evaluation and treatment
- Medication assistance
- Pain management
- Understanding pain program
Our Understanding Pain program is designed to provide patients with valuable information about how pain works in the human body and to dispel common misconceptions patients often have about pain, leading to unhealthy behavior which only makes pain worse.
Behavioral health professionals can teach you how changes in behavior and lifestyle and enhanced coping skills can help you to reduce pain, increase function and enjoy a better quality of life in which your life no longer revolves around pain.
As a part of the Understanding Pain program, we provide coaching and guidance in developing and pursuing goals to increase physical function and to develop neurophysiological quieting (i.e., relaxation and meditation) techniques which can be helpful in reducing short-term and long-term pain. The program is usually delivered in a group setting, but our behavioral health professionals can work with patients on an individual basis if this makes more sense. Working with you individually, we can also provide biofeedback therapy
Your care team includes health care providers specializing in osteopathic medicine, interventional pain medicine, physical medicine, behavioral medicine and pharmacology. We work together to create a treatment plan to help you get back to an active, fulfilling life so you can feel like yourself again.
Our providers treat both acute and persistent pain. They have developed a state-of-the-art neurobehavioral rehabilitation program for patients suffering from persistent pain. The neurobehavioral rehabilitation program minimizes the use of medication and emphasizes the role of patient behavior change, lifestyle modification and development of enhanced pain-related coping skills.
The best way to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms is to reduce the amount of medication you are taking or to decrease how often you are taking it before you run out. Consider talking with your primary care provider or your pharmacist about tapering your medication. Reducing the amount by 25 percent per day, may result in some withdrawal symptoms, but it is better than having to stop the medication completely when you run out. If you have enough medication, taper off more slowly, such as 10-20 percent every 1-7 days.
Do not break open extended release tablets or tamper with fentanyl patches, as that can release the entire dose, causing overdose and possible death. Take the entire extended release dose or use the entire patch less often. Please consult a pharmacist if you have any questions about your medication.
Withdrawal can be painful, but it is not fatal. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, anxiety, sweating, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, goose bumps, high blood pressure, insomnia, tearing, runny nose, muscle twitches, fast heartbeat, fast breathing and increased pain.
Drink a lot of fluid, try to stay calm and keep reassuring yourself the withdrawal reaction will pass; you will eventually feel better.
Providence St. Patrick Hospital is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2023. As the oldest, continuously operating facility in Providence, this anniversary marks a sacred celebration of our heritage, as well as a chance to share our story.