Diseases & Conditions

Learning about your condition can help you make informed health care decisions. Westlake Hospital’s Pain Management Center at River Forest provides comprehensive pain management for a variety of diseases and conditions, including arthritis, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, joint and nerve pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about some of the conditions we treat.


Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body. Arthritis is usually chronic, which means that it rarely changes, or it progresses slowly. Specific causes for most forms of arthritis aren’t yet known.

Back Pain

Back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning and quality of life.


A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion and gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body. The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. When the bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis. Bursitis is usually a temporary condition.

Cancer Pain

The two most common causes of cancer pain are the cancer itself and the treatments you receive to treat cancer. Most types of cancer pain can be managed with drug and non-drug therapies.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is an opening in your wrist that is formed by the carpal bones on the bottom of the wrist and the transverse carpal ligament across the top of the wrist. The median nerve provides sensory and motor functions to the thumb and three middle fingers. If it becomes compressed or irritated, you may experience symptoms.

Complex Regional Pain Disorder (CRPS)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic condition that causes long-lasting pain. CRPS causes pain that is severe and continuous. If you've been diagnosed with CRPS, you may experience persistent, burning pain in a leg, hand, foot or another part of your body.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a term that refers to temporary or permanent damage to the peripheral nerves — the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This damage is one of the most common complications of diabetes.


A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches vary greatly in terms of pain location, pain intensity and how frequently they occur. As a result of this variation, several categories of headache have been created by the International Headache Society to more precisely define specific types of headaches.

Joint Pain

Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: they result in joint pain. The usual causes of joint pain are overuse, sprains, fractures and arthritis. Becoming familiar with the usual causes and symptoms of joint pain can help you seek appropriate treatment and ongoing care, if necessary.

Stroke Pain

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke). Recovery from stroke depends on the size and location of the stroke. A small stroke may result in problems such as weakness in an arm or leg. Larger strokes may cause paralysis, loss of speech or even death.


Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a pain that originates along the sciatic nerve, which extends from the back of the pelvis down the back of the thigh. The sciatic nerve is the primary nerve of the leg. It is also the largest nerve in the entire body.


Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin. It can appear anywhere on the body, but it typically appears on only one side of the face or body. Burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching are early signs of the infection. Even after the rash is gone, the pain may continue.

Contact Us

Westlake Hospital’s Pain Management Center at River Forest is located at 7411 Lake Street, Suite L180, in River Forest. To learn more, call (708) 938-7111.