Pain Management Center

Stop Hurting. Start Living.

Enjoy life again.

Chronic or acute pain affects every part of your life. When you hurt, your ability to work, relationships with family and friends and the activities you once enjoyed all suffer.

The Pain Management Center at Holyoke Medical Center can help. Our board-certified physician assists you to manage — or even eliminate — your pain. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments without surgery to reduce your need for medication and provide relief from all kinds of pain, including:
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Migraines
  • Sports injuries

Care is coordinated

Pain is often the result of multiple factors.
That’s why we coordinate your care with HMC physicians, specialists and services to develop
long-term solutions that lessen or relieve pain.
Our multidisciplinary, team approach translates to:
  • Reduced wait times for appointments
  • Seamless course of treatments
  • Thorough monitoring of your progress
  • and well-being

Comprehensive Treatment

Everyone’s pain is different. That’s why our specialists develop an individual treatment plan, with an array of options. Once we determine the source of your discomfort, you may benefit from:

Physical Therapy — Our on-site physical therapists work one-on-one with you to rebuild strength, flexibility and mobility, while reducing pain. In addition, they’ll provide you with a safe home exercise program.

Behavioral Health — Pain Management Center patients may receive support from the Center for Behavioral Health, Western Massachusetts’ leading provider of quality mental health services and substance abuse treatment.

Weight Loss — Losing weight can reduce pain. The medical expertise and treatment provided by our Weight Management Program has helped patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Smoking Cessation — Smoking is a significant risk factor for pain. Our Smoking Cessation Workshop, consisting of six classes led by a registered nurse, provides information and strategies that support your effort to quit smoking.

Spinal Cord Stimulation — An alternative therapy to surgery, the treatment masks pain signals before they reach the brain and has been effective in helping patients manage chronic pain symptoms and decrease the use of medication.

Kyhoplasty — Minimally invasive surgery to treat spinal compression fractures, a condition caused
by osteoporosis.

Integrative therapies such as acupuncture and reiki may also be incorporated as part of your pain management toolkit to maximize functional abilities and promote healing.

About the Pain Management Center Team


Dr. Joseph Strebel is the director of the Pain Management Center and a highly respected expert in diagnosing and treating chronic and acute pain. Board-certified in pain medicine and anesthesiology, he is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine and completed a pain fellowship at Baystate Medical Center. He served as chief resident during his
anesthesia residency at UCONN. 

Carly S. Berneche, DNP, FNP-C, is a certified nurse practitioner with the Pain Management Center. She completed her doctor of nursing practice, with a family nurse practitioner track, from Elms College, where she also earned a bachelor of science in nursing.