Clinical Specialties

Pain Management

The Pain Management department at CareMount Medical consists of three board-certified anesthesiologists who devote their time to treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Malits (Mount Kisco), Dr. Handszer (Carmel) and Dr. Oren Ambalu (Cortlandt Manor, Kingston, Poughkeepsie) are recognized by the American Board of Anesthesiology for their subspecialty in Pain Management.  Both physicians were chosen by their peers as Top Doctors of Westchester and Putnam County.

Symptoms and Conditions Treated

The most common conditions treated in the pain clinic include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Cancer related pain
  • Pain due to reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Treatment and Services Offered

Treatment options include spinal injections such as fluoroscopically guided epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections for treatment of lower back pain, sciatic pain and neck pain. Radiofrequency ablation of spinal nerves is often used to treat chronic back pain, which offers patients many months or even years of pain relief.

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy pain can be treated by blocking sympathetic nerves under fluoroscopic guidance or ultrasound guidance.

For selective pain syndromes caused by the damaged nerves, an electrical catheter can be inserted into the spinal canal to reduce painful sensations. This device is called Dorsal Column Stimulator.

Chronic pain can also be treated by a variety of pain medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, opioid analgesic when appropriate, and many other medications.

Physical Therapy, acupuncture and surgical treatment options are available through a referral within the group.  Selective group of patients can be referred for implantation of spinal catheter for direct delivery of pain medication, also known as a morphine pump.