First Annual Meeting of the Ohio Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

We ​would ​like ​to ​welcome ​you ​to ​an ​exciting ​new ​interventional ​pain ​meeting ​planned ​for ​Ohio ​in ​August ​2017, ​the ​First ​Annual ​Meeting ​of ​the ​Ohio ​Society ​of ​Interventional ​Pain ​Physicians ​(OHSIPP). ​OHSIPP ​has ​been ​in ​existence ​for ​over ​10 ​years ​and ​this ​meeting ​will ​invite ​participation ​from ​all ​the ​six ​academic ​pain ​fellowship ​programs ​in ​Ohio ​plus ​academic ​and ​private ​practice ​physicians ​from ​across ​the ​US. ​We ​hope ​to ​foster ​a ​collegial ​environment ​where ​all ​the ​academic ​pain ​fellowships ​can ​interact ​and ​share ​ideas ​with ​other ​academic ​and ​private ​physicians.

Lecture ​Topics ​Include
Business ​of ​Pain ​Medicine, ​Spinal ​Injections ​and ​Complications, ​Neuromodulation, ​Opioids, ​Advanced ​Techniques, ​Medical ​Marijuana, ​Practice ​Management, ​Regenerative ​Medicine, ​and ​Hands-on ​Ultrasound ​Workshop


Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago Announces Three New Locations

Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago (PSGC), the leading interventional pain management practice, is pleased to announce further expansion of its practice with the addition of a new clinic location and two new procedure locations.

PSGC’s new clinic is located at 1800 McDonough in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The new procedure centers are Ashton Surgical Center, located adjacent to PSGC’s new clinic, and the second procedure center is located at Oak Brook Surgical Center, 2425 W. 22nd St. in Oak Brook, Ill.

“Access to care and patient convenience is paramount in our decision to expand our practice,” noted Scott Glaser, M.D., President of Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago. “This expansion allows us to remain as the leading provider of minimally invasive treatments for pain, and delivering on our promise to provide care and pain relief to patients. Our new locations are both accessible and convenient to the patients who live in the Northwest and Western Suburbs.”

Scott McDaniel, M.D., a fellowship trained interventional pain management specialist, will treat patients and provide care at the new locations. “Dr. McDaniel has exceptional skills in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, and is an asset to our practice,” noted Glaser. “Having Dr. McDaniel on board means that we can treat patients 24-72 hours after receiving a patient phone call or referral. This type of turnaround time is very rare. We believe this makes a dramatic difference and allows us to help individuals with pain more effectively – and now with added locations, we are putting more patients closer to care.”

McDaniel has devoted his time to many national and international organizations, and has presented at numerous national anesthesia and pain medicine conferences. He is particularly interested in multimodal pain management, patient safety, new technologies in neuromodulation, and improving patient access.

“I look forward to consulting and treating patients at our new locations,” noted McDaniel. “We strive to elevate patient care and safety as we eradicate or diminish each individual’s pain as much as possible. I am honored to be a part of a team that continuously provides innovative pain management solutions.”

To learn more about Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago, visit

About Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago

Founded by Scott E. Glaser, M.D., DABIPP and Ira J. Goodman, M.D., Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago has been on the cutting edge of Interventional Pain Management and improving access to care for almost 20 years. The group is dedicated to providing minimally invasive treatments for pain which leads to improved outcomes, reducing disability, reducing narcotic overuse and overdoses, and avoiding invasive surgery.

The Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago is pleased to announce our Patient Portal is online.

We would like to invite you to our HIPAA SECURE patient portal – a password protected web communication tool.

See the new portal at

What is our Patient Portal?

On this web portal you may securely:
Request appointments
Confirm appointment
Enter or modify personal information
Communicate regarding medical questions, prescription refills, referrals and lab results
Communicate with our office staff
Pay your bill (We accept Debit Cards, Visa, Mastercard and Discover)

You have two options for logging in:

Individual Accounts
Single patients may login for themselves

Family Accounts
Adults and their family members who share one email address may access the portal through this login. This may also include two adult patients who share the same email address.

Family Login Request

You may start the registration process under “New Patients start here”. A new patient is someone who has not previously been seen at Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago.

If you are currently a patient who has previously provided a correct email address, you can now use this portal for those portal functions listed above. For medical emergencies, please call us directly. DO NOT USE THE PORTAL FOR ANY URGENT MEDICAL PROBLEMS.

McGuireWoods’ 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference

McGuireWoods’ forthcoming 13th Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Private Equity & Finance Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd and Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

The session will be held in the Ritz-Carlton at 160 East Pearson Steet in the Water Tower Place. The session will start at 10:15 and last 45 minutes.

The presentation will be about key issues and opportunities in pain management and anesthesia. Steven Aguiar of Provident Healthcare Partners, LLC will be moderating.

Dr. Glaser interviewed by following Meningitis outbreak

Steroid Injections: Are They Worth the Risk? Amid controversy surrounding the U.S. fungal meningitis outbreak, opinions are split on how effective steroid injections are for treating chronic back pain.

Steve D’Alise, a 40-year-old financial analyst in Chicago heard about the deaths from fungal meningitis related to steroid injections for pain. But his back pain is so severe, he opted to have his steroid injections anyway.

“When it gets really bad it consumes you,” says D’Alise of the sciatica thats plagued him since 2009.

News of the fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 12 has shone a spotlight on a lesser-known but frequently used fix for one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States: back pain. But medical experts and a large body of research call into question the efficacy of steroid injections, calling them a risky and costly treatment.

What makes this entire tragedy ironic is the poor evidence that these steroid injections would have relieved their back pain in the first place, says Fabrizio Mancini, a certified chiropractor, wellness expert, and the president of Parker University in Dallas.

Mancini points to a large body of research, including an editorial in the 2011 issue of the British Medical Journal. Epidural steroid injections have been used for more than 50 years to treat low back pain and are the most common intervention in pain clinics throughout the world, the article reads. Yet despite their widespread use, their efficacy is unclear. Of around 35 controlled studies evaluating such injections, slightly more than half show some benefit.

Patients like D’Alise have typically tried several interventions include ibuprofen, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes before resorting to the injections. D’Alise says his condition makes commuting to work, riding a train, and sitting for long periods incredibly difficult. He received his last shot in 2011 but the relief only lasted for six months. He says the pain has returned to a “7” on a scale of one to 10.

D’Alise sought care from Scott Glaser, MD, an interventional pain-management specialist at the Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago. Even in the wake of the meningitis outbreak, Dr. Glaser says hes still administering some 18 steroid injections on a busy day. But now the doctor has found he must take some time to reassure his patients that the treatments are safe and worthwhile.

Most get relief from the local anesthetic which is mixed with the steroid and then the pain returns later that day, and the depot steroid starts to work in a few days, says Glaser. Typically, the maximum benefit will be obtained anywhere between 7 to 14 days.

Back Pain a Growing Epidemic
Eight in 10 people will experience back pain in their lifetime, and steroid injections have become a gold standard treatment for acute and chronic pain because they’re fast acting, non-addictive, and minimally invasive.

“Back pain is a big, big problem,” says David Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. “It’s a difficult thing to treat. You sometimes make decisions quickly just to get meaningful relief.”

Dr. Maine says his practice typically uses steroid injections as “an intermediate treatment” when physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and over-the-counter inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are not effective. The injections are often one of the last intervention therapies before a patient considers surgery. Steroid injections are also a much safer alternative to many pills doctors might prescribe for pain, including highly addictive opioids and narcotics.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control yesterday reported 137 cases of meningitis in 10 states with 12 deaths from the infection from methylprednisolone acetate injections.

Steroid injections can be costly. Glaser says they can cost $2,000 to $3,000 for each injection. “Our routine treatments are typically covered by insurance but it is getting more difficult in a lot of cases as the insurance companies deny or delay more and more treatment,” he explains. He added some insurance companies may pick up only 20 percent of the cost of such an injection.

Medical expenses for individuals with spine problems average $6,096 compared with $3,516 for patients without them, according to a 2008 analysis by the Journal of the American Medical Association using government data. From 1997 to 2005, the estimated expenditures among patients with spine problems increased 65 percent, the analysis said.

No Hard and Fast Rules for Treating Back Pain With Steroids
Pain specialists say the number of injections needed to stop back pain varies from patient to patient. “Some may have one or two and then they go through the natural healing process,” says Dr. Maine. “Others with chronic back pain or acute pain may get two or three over the course of eight months. There are no hard and fast rules. It just needs to be done for the right indication.”

Methylprednisolone acetate, the medication that was administered to patients who contracted fungal meningitis, is one of four types of corticosteroids for injections. A corticosteroid is an anti-inflammatory hormone that reduces swelling in muscle and soft tissues, and is also naturally produced in the body. The hormone is physiologically essential for stress and immune response, as well as metabolic functions. The steroids work by calming nerves and reducing the release of certain bio-transmitters, such as substance P and bradykinin, which decreases pain.

The relief from injections most typically lasts around six months to one year. However, many patients report they’ve been cured of back pain after receiving just one or two injections.

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