I had increased pain that was affecting my life. There was no injury, just gradually increasing pain in my lower back, buttocks and legs that eventually became unbearable.
I suffered with severe pain for a few months before I sought help at the Holy Family Hospital Center for Pain Management, where I met Dr. Stephanie Gianoukos.
During our first meeting she listened to my history, did a physical exam and ordered tests which revealed arthritis in my lumbar spine.
I was lucky that my first epidural steroid injection gave me pain relief that lasted for a full year.
The team works together with a positive attitude and they have many suggestions that can help.
It’s important to be open-minded about different modalities. I have done physical therapy, acupuncture, massage and TENS. My suggestion is to try what’s suggested see what works. I also do water therapy - physical therapy in a heated pool - because the buoyancy of the water makes the exercises easier on joints.
I have been going to the center for two years. I go when I need it, and my overall experience has been wonderful.