SJH Pain Management Services


HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is proud to announce its new pain management services, which began on Monday, November 13. The HSHS Center for Pain Management at St. Joseph’s Highland provides personalized pain management plans for each patient with minimally-invasive procedures to reduce pain and get patients back to living their life.

“We are very excited to bring pain management to our community,” said John Ludwig, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “Nobody should have to live in pain and there are many ways this service can help those with back, neck, and shoulder pain. Pain management can allow people to get back to their everyday activities.”

The HSHS Center for Pain Management began with services in Highland in mid-November and will be expanding with locations at HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese and HSHS Holy Family in Greenville early next year. The HSHS Center for Pain Management will be staffed by Synergy Healthcare Solutions in all three locations. Jim Jesse, PA, is now seeing patients in Highland every Wednesday, and Thomas Hodgkiss, MD, is doing procedures every other Wednesday.

“Providing our community with high quality health care close to home is important to us,” Ludwig said. “People who are in pain or don’t feel well don’t want to have to travel a long distance to seek treatment. This is one more service we can offer right here in our community to provide health care close to home.”

Pain management services include joint injections, spinal epidurals, nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation. Pain management services can be used to treat many different types of pain, including:

Migraine/Tension Headache

Neck/Mid Back/Lower Back Pain

Joint Pain

Pain in Upper and Lower Extremities

Neuropathic Pain from Diabetes

Pain associated with Chemotherapy/Cancer

Fibromyalgia and Muscle Pain

Pain related to Work Injury or Accident

Anyone experiencing pain for more than four weeks or who is considering back or neck surgery is encouraged to call the HSHS Center for Pain Management at St. Joseph’s Highland for an appointment at (618) 651-2960. For more information about HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, visit

HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.