The St. Michael's Pain and Spine Clinics is a premier Spine and Pain Management Clinic in Pasadena and Houston, Texas dedicated to excellence in Pain Care. Few things are more important to than the qualifications of your pain doctor. Dr. Pappolla’s commitment to excellence in healthcare is exemplified by his credentials and record: medical residencies and fellowships in Neurology, Pain Medicine (Anesthesia based), Neuropathology, Clinical and Anatomic Pathology. This training required 10 additional years of medical education (following Medical School) in USA accredited programs. Dr Pappolla holds active board-certifications in all 5 mentioned disciplines. He has served the public for over 20 years as a consultant for the NIH and a full Professor or Faculty at several of the most prestigious medical schools in the USA where he trained Medical Residents for over 20 years. He was Chairman of Neurology, a private practicioner in Mississippi and a Professor at LSU New Orleans till his practice was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. Dr. Pappolla's research is cited in more than 500 textbooks worldwide
Years In Practice32
Pain Management Specialist
TrainingMedical residencies and fellowship training in Neurology and Pain Medicine (Anesthesia based) and also in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Neuropathology.
ServicesComprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment of pain from simple to complex conditions, including back pain (upper back pain and lower back pain), failed back surgery, neck pain, painful neuropathy, chronic migraines,carpal tunnel treatment without open surgery, complex regional pain syndrome, facial pain, sciatica, failed back surgery, leg pain and arm pain and many other forms of chronic painful conditions. We specialize in minimally invasive, effective outpatient procedures (please visit our website for more information in these techniques www.SmpsClinic.com) aimed at avoiding surgery, provide powerful pain control and increase physical function. Our general treatment policy is: If a treatment is shown to be "better than a sugar pill (placebo)" in controled clinical trials (so-called evidence-based medicine) AND better than other existing treatments for a particular condition AND safe to the patient, we include it in our treatment programs. This strategy always emphasizes an individualized approach to pain care. We disagree with offering fashionable "one fits all" concepts (such as "laser", "non-surgical decompression", etc.). Although these therapy modalities are also considered by us from time to time, we individualize treatments because the role of the pain generators vary substantially from person to person, as supported in the scientific and medical literature. We constantly research new emerging technologies. If any of these is shown effective and superior to others, we include it in our program. Please visit our website at www.SmpsClinic.com for more information. Headache Clinic: We also offer the most current treatments for severe or chronic headache and refractory migraine syndromes including spinal cord, peripheral nerve or nerve root stimulation to block pain transmission.
They go out of their way to make everyone feel equally respected and cared for. I've seen client favoritism at some of the other places I've been, and I really appreciate the extra effort they make to avoid that here. They were so easy to reach in an emergency, they answered my call immediately. It is a relief to know that I can count on them to always be there for me when I need them the most. I love how attentive they are here. Even when notified that they have a personal phone call, they always wait to take it later. Their full attention is always on me and it makes me feel special. I didn't experience any unnecessary pain during my visit, and I was amazed at how much better I felt after I left. I was so impressed with the progress I was able to make after visiting them. All my questions were answered, and I feel a lot more confident and hopeful about the future.
Excellent service. Caring staff. My problem was diagnosed and I was markedly improved. One thing I noticed about their office was how absolutely peofessional and comfortable everything is in this clinic. Not only did I find a parking spot right away, but I knew my car was safe because the spots were designated and close to the entrance.
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