• Living with pain is a way of life for many people, and maintaining a full and active life may seem impossible. If you suffer from chronic pain, over time, it can wear you down physically, mentally and emotionally. There are, however, measures you can take to help manage your pain and return to activities that may be missing in your daily routine.

Pain Management
Centers for Pain Management of Georgia
910 North 5th Street, Suite D
Cordele, GA 31015
229-239-0950

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There are two main types of pain: acute pain, which occurs immediately after an injury and is short-lived (less than two months) with proper treatment; or chronic pain, any type of pain that continues for more than six months and is often difficult to treat.

Modern medicine has made remarkable advances to eradicate some diseases, cure others and extend life. Likewise, there have been positive advances in helping people manage their pain. Working with you and using a variety of measurements, interventions and strategies for self-management, our pain management specialists offer a complete pain management program including assessment, treatment, communication, education and follow-up.

Our pain management experts specialize in interventional pain management techniques, medication management, physical rehabilitation and counseling to lessen your pain and any related conditions.


Conditions

We offer care for a variety of conditions including:

  • Head (including mouth or face) or neck pain
  • Upper extremity pain (shoulder, hand and wrist)
  • Abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Lower extremity pain (legs and feet)
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Malignancy (cancer pain)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome
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Services

Specialists work with patients to lessen pain, restore function and ultimately achieve and maintain a better quality of life. A comprehensive treatment approach includes options such as injection therapy of the spine and related areas, medical management of pain, physical therapy modalities and psychological assessments. Treatment requires a referral from your physician.

Our physicians offer numerous types of injection therapy, medication management, spinal cord stimulation therapy and intrathecal pump therapy. TENS unit therapy, diagnostic injections including discograms, and selective nerve root blocks are also available as appropriate. Patients may be referred for physical therapy and/or surgery evaluation as well, if needed.


Meet Our Team

Don T. Smith Jr., MD
Don T. Smith Jr., MD
Anesthesiology
Centers for Pain Management of Georgia
910 North 5th Street, Suite D
Cordele, GA 31015
229-239-0950
www.centersforpain.com
Services available Monday-WednesdayDr. Smith is a Tifton (GA) native and graduated with honors in 1995 from the Medical College of Georgia. He has over 19 years of experience in medicine and joined Centers for Pain Management in April 2014.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is chronic pain? How do I seek treatment?

Chronic pain is any pain that continues for more than 3-6 months. Your primary care physician or other specialist may refer you when it is felt that pain management will be beneficial for you. Acute pain may also be referred for treatment.

What are the treatment options?

There are numerous treatment options, depending on your specific pain source and location. Treatment may include injection therapy, medication management, spinal cord stimulation or intrathecal pump therapy. Other options include diagnostic injections such as discograms and selective nerve root blocks. We may also refer you for physical therapy, surgery consultation and/or TENS therapy (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).

With injection therapies, precision-guided medication delivery targets nerves in your body using various types of medications. Other treatments utilize heat or electrical stimulation to reduce pain or “block” pain signals.

  • Epidural injections (in all areas of the spine): the use of anesthetic and/or steroid medications in the epidural space of your spine to relieve pain or diagnose a condition.
  • Nerve root and medial branch blocks: Injections used to determine if a specific spinal nerve root or joint is the source of your pain. These injections can also be used to reduce inflammation and pain. Normally, this treatment is administered as a series of injections.
  • Rhizotomy: This procedure blocks pain signals through the use of a heated electrode applied to specific nerves that carry pain signals to the brain. Rhizotomy usually relieves pain from four months to two years.
  • Discography: We look into the discs of the spine to determine if they are the source of your pain. Dye is injected into one or more discs and examined.
  • Spinal cord stimulation: Electrical impulses are used to block pain from being perceived in the brain. For more information, visit controlyourpain.com.
  • Intrathecal pumps: This surgically implanted pump delivers pain medication directly into your spinal canal.