Comprehensive Pain Management
(Formally known as Franklin Pain and Wellness and Warwick Pain)

Attleboro, MA(508) 236-8333
Franklin, MA(508) 507-8818
South Kingstown, RI (401) 234-9677
Warwick, RI(401) 352-0007

Franklin, MA • (508) 507-8818
Warwick, RI • (401) 352-0007
South Kingstown, RI • (401) 234-9677

Franklin Pain and Wellness Center

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Phantom Limb Pain and How it is Treated

Joseph Coupal - Friday, July 08, 2011

Phantom limb pain is mild to extreme pain felt in the area where a limb has been amputated. A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts.

Approximately 60 to 80% of individuals with an amputation experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful. Phantom limb pain may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g. after amputation of the breast. Phantom limb pain is usually intermittent. The frequency and intensity of attacks usually decline with time.

Although the limb is no longer there, the nerve endings continue to send pain signals to the brain causing the brain think the limb is still there. A slightly different sensation known as phantom pains can also occur in people who are born without limbs. It is often described as a burning or similarly strange sensation and can be extremely painful for some.  The exact sensation differs widely. Other sensations include warmth, cold, itching, squeezing, tightness, and tingling.

Treatments for phantom limb pain can range from visual and thought exercises to spinal cord stimulation (SCS). SCS can be effective treatment for phantom limb pain. An electrical stimulator is implanted under the skin, and an electrode is placed next to the spinal cord. The nerve pathways in the spinal cord are stimulated by an electric current. This interferes with the impulses traveling towards the brain and lessens the pain felt in the phantom limb.

Kyphoplasty, a Treatment for Fractured Vertebrae

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spinal fracture is one of the most common causes of chronic back pain. Statistically, spinal fractures are twice as common as hip fractures and even three times more common than breast cancer. Spinal fractures can be caused by low bone mineral density, osteoporosis and sometimes cancer.

There is now a new treatment for spinal fractures called Kyphoplasty. Rather than temporarily mitigating the pain associated with spinal fractures, Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that fills the fractured vertebrae with a bone cast and restores the shape of the vertebrae.

Kyphoplasty is performed by making a small incision through the back and guiding a hollow tube right into the fractured vertebrae. A balloon is inserted though the hollow tube that is inflated and filled with a bone cast material. The material hardens and the vertebrae is restored to a more normal position. For more information on Kyphoplasty, go to www.franklinpaincenter.com.

Chronic Pain Management Specialists

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Chronic Pain Management Specialists

Chronic pain is a condition that affects a vast number of people and can really affect one’s quality of life. Sufferers of chronic pain who are looking to better their lives should be seen and treated by specialists that are specifically trained in pain management.

The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center has been successfully bringing pain relief to patients for 4 years. Utilizing state of the art technology and qualified skills, the doctors at The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center offer a very high level of care.

The approach of our specialists is professional and caring. They provide comprehensive multidisciplinary pain management, including top of the line level interventional pain management coupled with medication management. This type of care is commonly found only in specialty in-patient treatment facilities, but at the Franklin Pain and Wellness Center, patients can enjoy this patient centered approach at each and every visit.

The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center’s clinical team consists of pain trained physicians as well as nurse practitioners, specially trained in pain management. We pride ourselves on our availability to the medical community to discuss specific patient issues as well as general discussions about modern pain management in the form of phone conversations, in-office presentations and other methods of communication.

At The Franklin Pain and Wellness Center, the patient’s well being is the first priority. We listen to your needs, explain the procedures being done and work to create mutual understanding for the patient’s benefit. Contact our friendly staff today to schedule your appointment.


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