Ayer Neuroscience Institute Pain Management

If you suffer from chronic pain, we know what you’re thinking: make it stop. We can help. Pain management experts at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute are dedicated to an evidence-based and ethical approach to pain management.

We understand that constant pain can decrease your quality of life and our goal is to create a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan to help you resume your normal activities with as little pain as possible.


Who We Are 

The pain management team at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute is highly trained with diverse backgrounds. In addition to medical doctors, our team includes procedural
nurses and physician assistants with years of pain management experience. Our pain experts work closely and collaboratively with specialists across the Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

Here are some types of pain we treat:

  • Back and neck pain (including sciatica, spinal stenosis, back surgery, arthritic conditions, pinched nerves and muscle spasms)
  • Work injuries
  • Cancer pain
  • Shingles
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Nerve injury pain
  • Joint pain
  • Pain from other acute and chronic conditions

Services We Offer

Scrambler therapy for severe, chronic neuropathic pain uses electrodes placed on the skin to block pain signals without drugs or an invasive procedure. The therapy, using a machine developed by Calmare Therapeutics, sends non-pain information via the electrodes to the nerve fibers that have been receiving pain messages.

Spinal cord stimulation, which modifies or blocks nerve activity that otherwise allows pain signals to reach the brain, has been effective for people with chronic leg or arm pain, failed back surgery syndrome, arachnoiditis (inflammation and scarring of the spinal nerves’ protective layers) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (a progressive disease of the nervous system).

High-intensity light therapy with the HILT stem laser can reduce the debilitating pain of shingles, a viral infection, in sessions that last only 10 or 15 minutes. 

Low-level energy laser is applied directly on the skin or body orifices.

Sphenopalatine ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat head and facial pain.

Gene mapping assists in diagnosing and treating complex conditions in patients who are not responding to medications or who have significant side effects.

Other non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatments include:

  • Cryotherapy treatment
  • Diagnostic discography
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
  • Intrathecal drug delivery
  • Joint injections
  • Muscle biofeedback
  • Nerve blocks
  • Neuroablation
  • Non-opioid analgesics
  • Nucleoplasty/disc decompression
  • Pain management coping skills
  • Pharmacological opioids
  • Radiofrequency (RF) therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Trigger point injections

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The pain management experts at the Ayer Neuroscience Institute work closely with the Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Department. Rehabilitation medicine physicians, called physiatrists, are experts in evaluation, diagnosis and management of neurological musculoskeletal and disabling conditions. Physiatrists provide treatment for a number of impairments including arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, nerve associated pain, stroke and spinal care and traumatic brain injuries.

Research

Rajat Sekhar, MD, director of pain medicine in the Fairfield Region is a boardcertified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. He is currently taking part in a rapid trial program with Boston Scientific on radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA interrupts pain signals, such as those coming from irritated facet joints in the spine, genicular nerves in the knee, and femoral and obturator nerves in the hip.

For Referring Providers

For Hartford HealthCare providers, please select pain management in Epic to make a referral.
For non-Hartford HealthCare providers, please fax referral to appropriate office location.


Kapur, Gaurav
Region: East

Phone: 860.425.5900
Fax: 860.889.8780

East: 111 Salem Turnpike, Route 82, Norwich, CT 06360
Department: BH BOCC PAIN MGMT [104004010]


Knopp, Hans
Region: Hartford

Phone: 860.696.2840
Fax: 860.696.2845

Hartford: 65 Memorial Road, Suite 435, West Hartford, CT 06107
Department: CC HH PAIN TRMT CTR WH


Kost, Johnathan
Region: Hartford / Central

Phone: 
WH 860.696.2840
MCC 203.694.8414

Fax:
WH 860.696.2845
MCC 203.694.7658

Hartford: 65 Memorial Road, Suite 435, West Hartford, CT 06107
Department: CC HH PAIN TRMT CTR WH

Central:
435 Lewis Avenue, Suite 101, Meriden, CT 06451
Department: MMC SPINE & PAIN [102005039]


Macannuco-Winslow, Annette
Region: Central

Phone: 203.694.8414
Fax: 203.694.7685

Central: 435 Lewis Avenue, Suite 101, Meriden, CT 06451
Department: MMC SPINE & PAIN [102005039]


Maddalo, Scott
Region: Fairfield

Phone: 203.226.2490
Fax: 203.226.2491

Fairfield: 300 Post Road West, Suite 101, Westport, CT 06880
Department: MG PAIN MGMT WSTPRT300 [111041002]

Fairfield: 205 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461
Department: MG PAIN MGMT MILFORD205 [111048007]


Olson, Timothy
Region: East

Phone: 401.348.3865
Fax: 401.596.6368

East: 100 Perkins Farm Drive, Suite 302, Mystic, CT 06355
Department: PAIN MGMT MYST100 [104053005] 

Rhode Island: 35 Wells St, Unit 4, Westerly, RI 02891
Department: MG PAIN MGMT WSTLY35 [104043004]


Ruiz Hurtarte, Juan
Region: East

Phone: 860.572.5440
Fax: 401.596.6368

East: 100 Perkins Farm Drive, Suite 302, Mystic, CT 06355
Department: MG PAIN MGMT MYST100 [104053005]

East: 111 Salem Turnpike, Route 82, Norwich, CT 06360
Department: BH BOCC PAIN MGMT [104004010]


Sekhar, Rajat
Region: Fairfied

Phone: 203.226.2490
Fax: 203.226.2491

Fairfield: 300 Post Road West, Suite 101, Westport, CT 06880
Department: MG PAIN MGMT WSTPRT300 [111041002]

Fairfield: 205 Sub Way, Milford, CT 06461
Department: MG PAIN MGMT MILFORD205 [111048007]


Taboada, Ricardo
Region: Hartford

Phone: 860.696.2840
Fax: 860.696.2845

Hartford: 65 Memorial Road, Suite 435, West Hartford, CT 06107
Department: CC HH PAIN TRMT CTR WH


Tamasdan, Christina
Region: Fairfield

Phone: 203.382.2350
Fax: 203.210.3025

Fairfield: 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606
Department: MG PAIN MGMT BRPT2800 [111014002]

For New Patients

Your first appointment will be a consultation to begin the process of treating your chronic painThis visit will include a comprehensive medical history. Please bring a current list of medications as well as any previous imaging and medical records. The physician will conduct an assessment and make a recommendation for treatment.

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute

The Ayer Neuroscience Institute works to treat the full range of neurologic conditions. Our mission is more personal - to provide advanced, collaborative services across the state.

About the Institute


Meet our Pain Management Specialists:

Ravi Alluri

 

Pain Medicine

Pain Management Clinic at Windham Hospital
Hatch Wing
Willimantic, CT 06226
Robert Campagnone

 

Pain Medicine

Pain Management Clinic at Windham Hospital
Hatch Wing
Willimantic, CT 06226
Anton Cherry

 

Pain Medicine

Jonathan A. Kost, MD, LLC
Blue Back Square
West Hartford, CT 06107
More Locations
Meriden, CT 06451
Sarah Congleton

4.8

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center
Mystic, CT 06355
Aliza Fleitz

 

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
Craig Foster

 

Pain Medicine

Pain Management Clinic at Windham Hospital
Hatch Wing
Willimantic, CT 06226
Danielle Hartzband

 

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
Oliver Hulland

4.9

Pain Medicine

Medical Group The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
North Haven, CT 06473
Kathleen Johnson

 

Pain Medicine

Medical Group SWIM Center for Cancer Care at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Gaurav Kapur

4.7

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center
Norwich, CT 06360
Anthony Karam

 

Pain Medicine

Medical Group The Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Milford, CT 06461
Hans Knopp

 

Pain Medicine

Jonathan A. Kost, MD, LLC
Blue Back Square
West Hartford, CT 06107
Jonathan Kost

 

Pain Medicine

Hartford Hospital Pain Management Treatment Center
West Hartford, CT 06107
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Meriden, CT 06451
Annette Macannuco

 

Pain Medicine

The Spine and Pain Institute
Meriden, CT 06451
Tyler Mammone

4.8

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
More Locations
Milford, CT 06461
Bernardo Medina

 

Pain Medicine

Pain Management Clinic at Windham Hospital
Hatch Wing
Willimantic, CT 06226
Timothy Olson

4.9

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Specialty Care
Westerly, RI 02891
More Locations
Mystic, CT 06355
Katherine Robaczynski Purzycki

4.8

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at St. Vincent's Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
Bridgeport, CT 06606
More Locations
Fairfield, CT 06824
Juan Ruiz Hurtarte

4.7

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Pain Treatment Center
Mystic, CT 06355
More Locations
Norwich, CT 06360
Rajat Sekhar

4.9

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Spine Wellness Center
Westport, CT 06880
More Locations
Milford, CT 06461
Ricardo Taboada

 

Pain Medicine

Jonathan A. Kost, MD, LLC
Blue Back Square
West Hartford, CT 06107
Cristina Tamasdan

4.9

Pain Medicine

Medical Group Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, CT 06606

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