Pain Management

Chronic pain is a common medical problem that is often misdiagnosed and not properly managed. At the Albany Med Health System, we specialize in pain management, and our providers work one-on-one with patients to find the source of their pain and design treatment options to help improve their quality of life.

Care Throughout the Capital Region

This page features information about pain management services at Albany Medical Center. To schedule an appointment with Albany Medical Center, call 518-262-5226.

Learn more about pain management services at Columbia Memorial Health and Saratoga Hospital.

All locations in the System can be found in the Get Care section of this page.

A Team to Help You Find Relief

Albany Medical Center's pain management program uses a team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. This means neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, physiatrists, and others work together to identify the underlying cause and best treatment options for patients. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in treatment.

Our pain specialists diagnose and treat pain syndromes of all types, including muscular, skeletal (bone) and neuropathic (produced by injured nerves).

This can include:

  • Migraine
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Spasticity
  • Spine pain
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Headache & migraine pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical & scar pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis

A full spectrum of therapies is available, ranging from simple relaxation techniques to the most advanced implantable devices. As an academic medical center we have access to clinical trials and biomedical research that may not be available elsewhere in the region.

A comprehensive treatment plan for treating pain may include:

  • Chronic pain management
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Exercise programs, yoga, guided meditation
  • Infusion therapy
  • Implantable devices (minimally invasive), such as pain pumps and spinal cord stimulators
  • Injections (corticosteroid and anesthesia injections)
  • Intrathecal medication management
  • Massage
  • Medication (topical and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Nerve blocks
  • Neuromodulations
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological counseling
  • Radiofrequency therapy, heat created by radio waves to deactivate nerves and prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain

Individualized Approach

Regardless of the source of your pain, you can count on us for a compassionate, individualized approach. We work closely with you to pinpoint the sources and triggers of your pain and develop a plan that’s built around your needs and goals. Together, we find ways to help you cope and feel better.

We are cautious in our prescribing practices to minimize the need for opioid medications. We also collaborate with our patients’ primary care providers, physical therapists, oncologists, and other specialists as needed to provide coordinated care.

Training the Next Generation of Physicians

Learn more about the Pain Medicine Fellowship at Albany Medical College.

Gordan Kuhar, MD, DABPM
We know that every patient’s pain is different, so we take the time to listen and understand what matters most to you. Our multidisciplinary approach is designed to provide meaningful relief with minimal side effects to give our patients the best chance of getting more enjoyment out of life.”
Gordan Kuhar, MD