Millions of Americans live in constant, sometimes severe, pain. Yet there is no need to suffer.

At Holy Family Medical Center, we are dedicated to reducing your pain and improving your quality of life. We take a comprehensive, integrated approach to pain management focusing on medical intervention, physical rehabilitation and psychological issues.

Integrated Care

We provide advanced treatment and the latest therapies to reduce pain, minimize side effects and help patients manage any unresolved pain. Our goal is to maximize the patient's ability to return to their normal activity level. In addition to expertise provided by physicians who are specialists in pain management, a team of professionals works together to create an individualized plan for each patient. Depending on the need, primary care physicians, physiatrists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, oncologists, clinical psychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, specially trained nurses or spiritual counselors may be a part of the team.

Holy Family Medical Center's pain management specialists are dedicated to minimizing pain and improving lives.

Types of pain treated:

  • Back pain, with or without leg pain
  • Neck pain, with or without arm pain
  • Continued pain following neck/back surgery
  • Cancer pain
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Work-related injuries
  • Headaches
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Shingles

Our Team

Eric Anderson, MD

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Secondary Specialty: Anesthesiology
  • Board Certifications: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Degree: Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota
  • Fellowship: Texas Tech University in Chronic Interventional Pain
  • Special Procedures: Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS), Peripheral Nerve field Stimulation (PNfS), Ultrasound-guided procedures, The Racz Procedure (lysis of adhesions), and fracture repair through kyphoplasty/vertebral augmentation

Ramsin Benyamin, M.D.

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Secondary Specialty: Anesthesiology
  • Board Certifications: Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology
  • Special Procedures: Botox Injections, Discography, Percutaneous Discectomy, Percutaneous Vertebroplasty, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Vertebroplasty
  • Years in Practice: 13

John P. Broadnax, M.D.

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Board Certification: Pain Medicine
  • Degree: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Residency & Fellowship in Pain Medicine: Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ricardo Vallejo, M.D.

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Secondary Specialty: Anesthesiology
  • Board Certifications: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Degree: Universidad Libre de Colombia Seccional Cali Facultad de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud, Colombia
  • Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital - University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital - Harvard Medical School
  • Years in Practice: 9

Atiq Ur Rehman, M.D.

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Secondary Specialty: Anesthesiology
  • Degree: Rawalpindi Medical College - University of the Punjab, Pakistan
  • Residency: University of Buffalo Medical School Affiliated Hospitals, New York
  • Fellowship: University of Buffalo Medical School Affiliated Hospitals, New York
  • Languages spoken: English and Urdu

Naveen Tipirneni, M.D.

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Board Certifications: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Special Procedures: Discography, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Vertebroplasty
  • Residency/Fellowship: Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Years in Practice: 4

Vinita Parikh, MD

  • Primary Specialty: Pain Medicine
  • Degree: Creighton University
  • Residency: Loyola Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Cornell Tri Institute Fellowship Program for Special Surgery

Our Services

We offer a full scope of medical and rehabilitative treatments to help heal the physical and psychological aspects of pain management.

Medical Intervention Treatments

  • Medication management — A wide selection of drugs are utilized by our physicians, including the latest FDA-approved medications. Depending on the source and severity of the pain, analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants, antidepressants or narcotic medications are prescribed.
  • Implantable devices — For those with severe chronic pain, devices can be implanted in the body to deliver drugs or mild electrical current for long term pain relief. Spinal cord stimulators administer a small electrical current while spinal drug infusion systems inject a medication into the spinal fluid.
  • Radiofrequency ablation — This procedure helps reduce pain by preventing transmission of pain signals to the brain. A section of nerve tissue is heated with electrical stimulation to deaden the nerves and cause a long-lasting interruption in pain signals.
  • Nerve blocks — Nerve block therapy is used to relieve pain by interrupting sensory pathways with medication to prevent the pain from reaching the brain. Nerve blocks are used all over the body to diagnose the cause of pain and to treat a broad range of pain-related problems.

Physical Rehabilitation Treatments

  • Physical therapy — Physical therapy helps patients decrease pain while improving function, increasing endurance and building muscle strength. Pain is treated by physical or mechanical means, such as through exercise, heat, electrical current or ultrasound. Therapists focus on posture, movement, gait, range and conditioning.
  • Occupational therapy — In occupational therapy, the patient is educated on how to change their normal routine to prevent and reduce pain. The therapist helps the patient maximize their ability to return to their normal schedule including an assessment of equipment needs and return to work issues.
  • Biofeedback — In this painless, non-drug therapy, patients consciously control a body function that is normally regulated automatically by the body, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature or muscle tension.
  • Rehabilitative nursing — These specialized nurses educate patients about medications and help them deal with other medical issues such as inability to sleep and bowel and bladder problems.
  • Rehabilitation psychologist — Through such approaches as counseling, biofeedback, visualization and positive thought therapy, these pain management specialists support the patient's ability to control their own pain.

How to Find Us

The Pain Center at Holy Family Medical Center is located on the main hospital campus. Patients may enter the Center through the River Road Professional Office Building or the main hospital entrance.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 847-813-3350.

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