Pain Management

Reclaim your life from pain and get moving again.

At CAMIS, our services are here to help you get back to work, sport, or play because you shouldn’t have to live with chronic pain.

Are you suffering from severe, long-lasting pain?

Our Pain Management Service is designed to help manage your chronic pain.

Some of our services may provide relief from pain for an unspecified amount of time. Consult with your doctor to find out if this form of treatment is right for you.

Understanding chronic pain

Any pain lasting more than 12 weeks can be considered chronic pain. It differs from acute pain, which is a normal sensation alerting us that something is wrong. Chronic pain can arise from an initial injury, but it can also have no apparent cause. It can limit a person’s movements and reduce flexibility, strength and stamina which can lead to difficulty in carrying out essential and enjoyable activities.  The goal with treatment is to reduce pain and restore function.

Pain Management Options

  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal facet injections
  • Hip injections
  • Shoulder injections
  • Miscellaneous joint injections
  • Sacroiliac injections
  • Lumbar medial branch blocks
  • Lumbar transforaminal and translaminar
  • Epidural blocks
  • Vertebral augmentation consultations
  • Prolotherapy
  • Barbotage

What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) is a Pain Management procedure that stimulates the body’s normal healing process by using a patient’s own blood. The blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate the blood cells from the platelets. The platelets are injected back into the patient at the site of injury or pain, which triggers a localized regeneration process, leading to a decrease in pain.

PRP Brochure

Who needs Platelet-rich Plasma?

There are multiple indications for PRP treatment in the setting of tendon/ligament injury and joint pain. Current evidence suggests that PRP is of benefit in treating patients with chronic knee arthritis and specific tendinous injuries such as epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow). PRP may provide longer relief from joint pain than conventional corticosteroid injections.

Choosing CAMIS for PRP

Platelet-rich Plasma is not currently covered by Alberta health care. As a private service, we want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money, which is why our PRP therapy is done under image guidance.

Image guidance means that we can be confident that when we inject the PRP into the affected area, we’re getting it in the right spot every time.

Our staff have had dedicated, specific PRP therapy training so they can adequately care for you and your needs.

Costs and other FAQs

PRP therapy of joints starts at $450.00

PRP therapy of soft tissue starts at $700.00

If you have other PRP questions or concerns, please email:

Lindsey Painchaud, Manager, PRP, CAMIS prpconnect@camiscare.ca

What to Expect

When you arrive at the clinic, you will be taken to an exam room where you will watch a short video and have a discussion with a pain management radiologist.

A technologist will help you fill out a consent form.

A sample of blood will be drawn from your arm and placed in a centrifuge.

You will be positioned for the injection.

The radiologist will freeze the site and inject the PRP.

You will be given post-injection instructions before you leave.

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I was scheduled for an MRI and everything went smoothly and quickly! I was called in not even 5 minutes after my appointment time! The technician in the MRI room was really nice and friendly. Would not hesitate to book again and do the drive from Calgary.

Kathleen B

I use CAMIS in Red Deer as a medical professional and as a patient. Yesterday I used it as a patient to have a pain management procedure with Dr. Mann. The fluoroscopy technicians were very friendly and professional and made the whole process quick and efficient. Dr. Mann was funny and took great pride in keeping everything sterile and as pain free as possible. Overall as a patient and medical professional I give CAMIS a big thumbs up.

Jolene

I cannot say enough good things about all the staff and doctors I interacted with the last two days. What was a very scary and stressful time was made enjoyable, easy, understandable and friendly.

Carrie M

I had a Barbotage treatment at the new CAMIS Notre Dame location. I have to say the staff there are excellent. The one in the treatment room with me was so kind, considerate and compassionate). I just want to compliment the lovely lady who assisted the Doctor who was also exceptionally good at trying not to cause me any more pain. Great job done by both of them.

Carole C

Impressed with my mammogram appointment today, the lineup went quickly and was efficiently managed. Pam was wonderful, these tests aren’t fun but she was kind, gentle, and has an excellent personality. The ladies at the front desk were also friendly and very knowledgeable and answered all my questions . Thank you for a great experience.

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We travel 1.5 hours for prenatal ultrasounds to come here instead of the 30mins to the place closest to us due to great experiences with the ultrasound techs in Red Deer, they have all been lovely!

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