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Pain Management

Aches, stiffness, and soreness can be sudden or ongoing. Don’t let pain stop you from living life. Finding the right help is important in taking control of your pain. The pain management specialists at IBJI treat every aspect of pain care. Whether it’s knee, back, neck, or arm pain, IBJI has you covered.

Chronic vs. Acute Pain

Chronic pain is ongoing and lasts longer than three months. Chronic pain is usually consistent and experienced on a daily basis. It can be caused from past injuries or illness, arthritis, or an underlying issue. No matter the cause, chronic pain hurts and does not change unless properly managed.

Acute pain is typically sudden and sharp. This type of pain is typically anything less than four weeks and subacute pain is between four and 12 weeks. It should go away when there is no longer an underlying cause for the pain — for example, a muscle strain. With correct treatment, acute pain can be relieved and you can get back to being active.


At IBJI, we have experts who specialize in different areas of pain management, including anesthesiologists and physiatrists.

Pain management physicians and anesthesiologists evaluate, diagnose and treat your pain. Helping patients reduce the severity of pain and avoid going into a state of chronic pain with minimally invasive procedures and proper use of medications.

Physiatrists, also known as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, focus on enhancing and restoring functionality to the body part in pain. These physicians evaluate and treat injuries, illnesses, and disability, and are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans.

Pain is a complex condition, and IBJI strives to ensure we offer a variety of providers to help your needs. Our team of pain management specialists include pain management physicians, physiatrists and anesthesiologists.

Our Process

Your pain management specialist will work closely with you to diagnose your pain and identify the best treatment plan. Medications, prescribing physical therapy, and/or performing targeted injections/procedures are all means of effective pain management utilized by IBJI’s specialists to improve quality of life and avoid chronic pain. Our pain specialists help you manage your pain by recommending lifestyle changes, working with you in physical therapy, and following up with you for your next treatment. If conservative treatment is unsuccessful, we also determine whether the patient would benefit from a surgical evaluation. IBJI provides comprehensive care for patients in pain.

Chronic Pain Management

With mounting concerns regarding the opioid crisis facing our nation, IBJI physicians are committed to providing our patients safe and alternative treatments and therapies when appropriate for each unique patients’ needs. Our staff is committed to providing the information necessary to make the most informed decisions around your care. We strongly encourage all patients to speak directly with their provider regarding any specific concerns around pain management medications and associated risks.

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Common Pain Management Injections

Epidural Steroid

for neck, back, arm or leg pain

This injection procedure is performed to relieve neck, mid-back and low back pain, and radiating arm or leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions.

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Facet Joint

for neck or back pain

The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.

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Sacroiliac Joint Steroid

for buttocks or low back pain

This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.

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General Joint

for localized shoulder, hip or knee pain

This outpatient injection procedure relieves pain in the shoulder and arm caused by arthritis, injury or disorder.

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Clinic locations in Glenview and Wilmette that treat back and neck conditions, offering appointments within 24 hours

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Walk-in clinics designed to quickly and affordably treat simple fractures, sprains, strains, work and sports injuries and more

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