Welcome to the St Michael's Pain and Spine Center
Low Back Spine Center Houston. Neck Pain-Headaches Treatment Clinics | Houston, TX
For appointments call 713-661-0300
Last update: 03-26-2016 Click here for En Español
WHO WE ARE: We are premier and highly specialized Pain Management, Neurology and Spine Center of Houston dedicated to treating the whole spectrum of pain, from common disorders (neck pain, headache, lower back pain, upper back pain, migraines, sciatica, hand and arm pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome) to other less common painful conditions (complex regional pain syndrome, atypical facial pain, cranial neuropathies, etc.). Our physicians are board certified in Pain Medicine and Neurology, highly experienced and with a track record of excellence in clinical practice. We accept patients without a referral and also work closely with Orthopedic Surgeons, Neurosurgeons, Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors to help them manage challenging conditions and for patients to achieve pain relief (Click on "Health Care Providers" button on the left side of this page).
CONTACT SPINE CENTER HOUSTON NOW. WE WILL CALL YOU WITHIN 24 HR (EXCEPT ON WEEKENDS). CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW. (Do not use this form for emergencies or medication refills)
2646 S. Loop W, SUite 106
Houston, Texas 77054
Pasadena, TX Location:
4004 Woodlawn Ave (accross from Bayshore Medical Center).
Pasadena TX 77504
Treating Back and Neck Pain Houston. Pain Management Houston, Texas
WHAT WE CAN DO TO REDUCE YOUR PAIN IMMEDIATELY: We virtually use all advanced options and treatments available for chronic pain relief whether pain affects the lower back, neck (cervical spine) or is manifested by leg pain (including sciatica) or arm pain. Depending on the cause and mechanism, treatment options may range from simple neck or back pain treatments (such as regenerative therapy and/or non-narcotic medications) to highly advanced minimally invasive treatments. If possible, we always aim at avoiding open surgery keeping maximal pain reduction and recovery of function as our primary goals. The causes of back pain or neck are varied and an accurate identification of the pain generators by a neurological exam is critical to addressing your pain. Many of our patients came initially to us with a high level of frustration from many years of suffering and multiple treatment failures. If this is your case, please read our page on the most frequent causes of neck pain, upper back pain or lower back pain so you can become aware of the level of sophistication that is needed and why we have such a high success rate with the treatments we administered.
WHAT ARE MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES ("Interventional Pain Management")? At our Spine Center Houston we perform minimally invasive procedures. This is the name generally used in pain medicine for the techniques that usually target the affected anatomical structures causing neck pain or back pain without open surgery. Pain generators which can be located throughout the spine and trigger low back pain, upper back pain or neck pain are reached with either very thin needles or special needle like instruments through a skin puncture under image guidance (CT scan or fluoroscopy) in order to deliver treatments leading to almost immediate pain relief. It is important to note that although almost painless and apparently simple, these are powerful and highly sophisticated procedures which are very different from just "injections or epidurals". Examples of minimally invasive procedures are: selective anesthetic blocks or treatment of nerves carrying pain signals, percutaneous discectomies (removal of a portion of a herniated disc or "slipped disc" pressing on a spinal nerve through a little needle-like device using laser light or mechanical means, thus avoiding open surgery), injection of medicines into painful joints of the spine that may cause back pain, treatment of painful discs or other painful areas with radiofrequency or injecting them with regenerative factors (such as platelet rich plasma injections) and other techniques aiming at immediate pain relief. Regarding the latter techniques of regenerative medicine, please visit specific our web page by clicking REGENERATIVE MEDICINE HOUSTON. We offer these highly specialized and advanced techniques for back pain treatment or neck pain relief at both locations in Houston and Pasadena, TX.
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MEET THE NEUROLOGIST AND PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR
Miguel A. Pappolla, MD, PhD
Board Certified and Diplomate in Pain Medicine (Interventional)
Board Certified and Diplomate in Neurology.
Board Certified and Diplomate in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology.
Fellowship trained in (Anesthesia Based) Interventional Pain Management.
PhD Doctorate in Human Aging.
Professor of Neurology. UTMB.
Spine Center Houston.
Miguel Pappolla, MD, PhD. Director.
---Dr. Pappolla named Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Neurological Disorders. Click here to read
---Dr. Pappolla and co-investigators discovered a new pathway from brain disposal of toxic protein in Alzheimer's disease. See reference here.
---Research findings from Dr. Pappolla's laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina report on a discovery of novel molecule with protective properties against Alzheimer's, stroke, spinal cord injury and other conditions. The study has been reported the highly prestigious science journal PLOSone. See our original publication here...
---Novel findings from Dr. Pappolla's team link common hereditary disorder to high risk for developing age related memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease. Read more...
---Dr. Pappolla and scientists from the United States and Germany report on regenerative power of new hormone. Read more...
---Dr. Pappolla co-authors book on back pain treatment that gains national acclaim and acceptance into major book store venues such as Barnes & Noble and others. Reed more....
---Dr. Pappolla was included into the prestigious roster of America's Top Physicians List by an independent consumer's advocate group. Read more...
-Josephine T. Morse Endowed Professorship in Neuropathology. Medical Universityof South Carolina, 2006.
-Commendation Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership.LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, 2006.
-Teaching Award, Department of Neurology. University of South Alabama, Given by graduating Neurology residents, 2001.
-Weil Award (awarded to the best study in Neuropathology leading to advancements on mechanisms of disease). American Association of Neuropathologists, 2000
-Zenith Fellowship Award ($250,000). Alzheimer’s Association, 2000
-Cum Lauded Doctorate Graduate, University of Catalonya, Barcelona, Spain, 2000. Field of Study: Human Aging
-Commendation Award, for Academic and Clinical Excellence. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, 1990.
-James A. Shannon Director’s Award, ($100,000). National Institutes of Health, 1998
-Honorary Member Emeritus. Argentine Society of Pathologists
Testimonials. Please watch a short video testimonial from some of our real patients. We did not prescribed opioids (narcotics or "pain pills") on any of these patients. In fact, we help most of our patients to discontinue these medications as we implement more efficacious therapies. Click HERE
Please see patients' opinions at other independent websites.
Dr. Pappolla was independently nominated and peer selected as a Texas Super Doctor in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015!
ST. MICHAEL'S PAIN & SPINE CLINICS MISSION.
1-Commitment to excellence in patient care. 2-Support of the good health of the communities we serve. 3-Commitment to providing outstanding service through the entire continuum of care from evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and coordination of multidisciplinary care and disease prevention. 4-Use of the best clinical practices and the most advanced technology while providing a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to the well-being of our patients.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: We believe each patient's pain is unique. Therefore, treatments are specially designed for the specific back pain cause or causes for each patient in particular after a thorough Neurological examination. We make it a priority to take sufficient time to fully explain the plan to each patient, the final authority and decision maker. We avoid use of opioids (narcotics) or surgery whenever possible. As mentioned, we focus on medical science, not "one treatment fits all" techniques.
Please read more about Dr. Pappolla's credentials and qualifications by clicking here.
REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT (we will contact you within 24 hr. or on Mondays for appointments made on weekends)
We accept most insurance plans including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Healthcare and many others.
Unfortunately, we are not accepting new Medicare or Medicaid patients at this time. Although we understand the importance of monitoring these programs by the Federal Government (< 1% of physicians commit fraud), we feel that the remaining 99% of good and hard working doctors are being unfairly punished by an intimidating tsunami of paperwork burden which impairs the delivery of effective patient care.
We can get you in with the pain management physician today! If you are a referring physician, health care provider or doctor representative please click on "For Health Care Providers" to download a referral form.
WHY WE GET EXCELLENT OUTCOMES: Our success is based on the premise that we offer not one but a spectrum of successful options to reduce pain and avoid surgery. New and emerging treatments and techniques are constantly researched by us; whenever a treatment shows to be safe and better than a "sugar pill" or placebo, it becomes part of our program. Please click on "Services" to read more about some of the procedures we offer. (SEE Back Pain Houston and Neck Pain Houston Resource Centers, M Pappolla, MD Editor BACK PAIN TREATMENT HOUSTON ).
BACK PAIN TREATMENT HOUSTON, TEXAS
Please click and watch our videos on the "Services" page (or read our PAIN REPORT) to learn more about these methods. You may be amazed at the simplicity, safety and accuracy of these modalities for back pain relief and back pain treatment which are available right here in Houston at the heart of the Texas Medical Center area. Most procedures do not require hospital admission and last only 5-20 minutes. In our clinics, they are only and always performed by a specialist MD physician who is Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Neurology and formally trained in an accredited fellowship program in the United States. Almost always, techniques are performed under highly accurate image guidance (fluoroscopy or CT scan), providing extreme precision and safety to the patient (as opposed to "blind" procedures or injections). See our page explaining our approach to carpal tunnel syndrome treatment without surgery. Many of these methods can also be used for pain management and pain relief in conditions other than back pain or neck pain. In fact, they are very effective for certain types of head pain, facial pain, complex regional pain syndromes, cranial neuropathies and other more rare pain disorders. One exciting proven approach which has given pain relief to patients with chronic pain is spinal cord stimulation. This exciting and powerful technology is extremely effective for treatment of arm or leg pain due to nerve root impingments by herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves, radiculopathy, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, phantom limb syndrome and other conditions associated with nerve generated pain.
WHAT WE DON'T DO: We avoid the use of opioids when the cause of the pain can be treated. Our clinic is not the place to visit for a "pain pill refill". We do not use "one fits all" fashionable procedures or treatments such as "laser", "spinal decompression", "VAX-D", etc. indiscriminately, because the causes of pain are very distinct from patient to patient. All options, however, are on the table if clinically indicated. We aim at avoiding surgery whenever possible.
BACK PAIN DISC DEGENERATION EDUCATION CORNER HOUSTON, TEXAS.
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(FROM Back Pain Houston and Neck Pain Houston Resource Centers, M Pappolla, MD Editor BACK PAIN HOUSTON).
CLINICAL NEWS: TREATMENT OF CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME WITHOUT SURGERY (FREQUENT CAUSE OF ARM PAIN, HAND PAIN OR WRIST PAIN). A COMBINATION OF LASER AND A TINY SKIN PUNCTURE WITH MORE THAN 90% PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT SURGERY. CONTACT US WE WILL GLADLY ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ON THIS QUICK AND VIRTUALLY PAINLESS 5 MINUTES PROCEDURE.
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The St. Michael's Pain & Spine Clinic Staff. 713-661-0300