BY KATIE MATTESON
Fresh out of residency, anesthesiologists Dr. Thomas Stauss and Dr. Yogendra Bharat met each other in 1989 when they were both on staff at St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s hospitals in Racine.
With board certifications in Pain Management and Anesthesiology, the doctors founded their own Racine clinic in 1992 and by 1998 had focused their practice exclusively on pain management.
In 2001, they joined forces with two other doctors in Milwaukee and launched Advanced Pain Management.
Today, this clinic which originated in Racine, has expanded to more than 25 locations in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in research and innovative multimodal pain management.
Dr. Bharat is the clinic’s medical director and currently serves as a volunteer assistant clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s pain management fellowship training program.
Even with the growth of the practice over the years, Dr. Bharat wants his Racine neighbors to know that “being a small local operation, we’re nimble, accessible and accept all patients with or without referrals.”
“If you need us, we’re here,” Dr. Bharat said. “We do our best to help our patients find pain relief.”
Dr. Nileshkumar Patel, one of the original Advanced Pain Management physicians, recently returned to metro Milwaukee to lead research that focuses on alternatives to opioids for many conditions including: Sciatica, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Spinal Stenosis, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, as well as knee and hip pain. He is especially excited about the effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation in the reduction of opioids post implant.
Dr. Stauss is known worldwide for his expertise in neuromodulation implants, which allow patients to use a remote control device to activate the implant to block pain signals to their brain from their lower back and legs.
Dr. Kostandinos Tsoulfas, a physician who has practiced in Racine and Kenosha for 10 years said, “The social, personal and financial tolls of pain are staggering, both to our society in general and specifically to the pain sufferer. It is my passion and privilege to help alleviate the burden of pain in our community by using a well-organized and caring multidisciplinary team approach.”
Dr. Bharat explained that when patients come to the clinic their staff takes a thorough history to assess the source of the pain and the best treatment options. “Healing is always natural, but we do what we can to help nature,” he said.
The most important thing Dr. Bharat wants patients to know is that it’s critical to get an opinion for treatment early, before the pain gets out of control.
He also stressed that it’s vital that patients resist the urge to be complacent and learn what they need to do to take care of their condition, just like other chronic diseases. He said in order to manage pain, physical exercise is as important as medical treatment. He described the cycle of pain, where less mobility leads to bone loss, which leads to nerve inflammation.
And most importantly, he said, “Don’t give up because there have been so many technological advances since Dr. Stauss and I were residents and there are a lot more to come.”
For example, Dr. Bharat has just begun offering stem cell and regenerative medicine at the Racine clinic. Therapies include the collection and use of therapeutic stem cells to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased tissue within the musculoskeletal system, including shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, neck and back.
Advanced Pain Management – Racine Clinic is located at 4216 Old Green Bay Road.
For more information about Advanced Pain Management, visit apmhealth.com or call (888) 901-PAIN.