Pain Management Program

No Pain No Gain: Pain Management Program Brings Relief

May Wykle is back to doing the things she loves – teaching, traveling, dancing and enjoying her family.

Her enjoyment reflects a transformation for Mrs. Wykle, a professor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and its former dean. Not long ago, her arthritic back hurt so badly that she could barely get around. She worried it would force her to quit teaching.

“I love my work,” says Mrs. Wykle, “and I wasn’t ready to give it up.”

She hasn’t had to, because she found the Pain Management program at University Hospitals. Twice a year, pain-management specialist Joshua Goldner, MD, injects a long-acting anti-inflammatory steroid into her spine at UH Ahuja Medical Center, near her Solon home.

“When I started treatment, I was walking with two canes,” Mrs. Wykle says. “Now, I am proud to say I have no canes.”

UH Ahuja Medical Center has become a pain-management destination. In 2012, Dr. Goldner and his colleagues treated more than 2,000 patients.

Pain management is a fast-evolving field. Minimally invasive procedures provide quick and lasting relief, often with lower risk of side effects and addiction than prescription painkillers.

Mrs. Wykle’s injection takes only minutes and leaves her “feeling better right away,” she says happily. That makes Dr. Goldner feel better, too. “My goal,” he says, “is to get people feeling better so they can get back to living their life.”