Pain center

Pain center

Pain is an important reason for people to see a doctor or general practitioner. In chronic pain (pain longer than 3 to 6 months), but also in acute pain, you can be referred to the pain center via your general practitioner or treating specialist.

What is Pain?

Pain is a complex phenomenon and is very personal with a major impact on physical and mental well-being. Pain is a sign of tissue damage. This damage can occur in all parts of the body.

Pain signals are sent to the brain to indicate where the pain is. The pain stimulus is processed in the brain. In addition to physical complaints, pain can also have social (consequences for work, dealing with the environment, colleagues) and psychological (feelings of gloom, stress, frustrations).

What types of pain are there?

Acute pain is pain that comes on suddenly, eg immediately after spraining an ankle. The cause of this is usually clear.

Chronic pain is often more complicated. You often have this pain for more than three months. Sometimes a clear cause can be found, such as joint inflammation in rheumatism, but often the cause cannot be found (anymore). The pain has then taken on a life of its own. This is because the pain system has become more sensitive. We call that sensitization. Chronic pain can have consequences for the quality of life, but can also lead to other complaints, such as anxiety and depression. These other complaints can make your pain worse.

Types of pain

  • Pain due to tissue damage (nociceptive pain): for example due to an abrasion or a sprained ankle.
  • Nerve pain (neuropathic pain): for example due to a damaged nerve after a deep cut or nerve damage from diabetes.
  • Organ pain (visceral pain): for example due to appendicitis.
  • Vascular pain (vascular pain) for example due to a disease of the blood vessels such as arteriosclerosis or a blockage.
  • Cancer pain (oncological pain), for example due to the growth of a tumor.

These types of pain are often difficult to distinguish in everyday life. Knowledge about the type of pain is very important in the treatment of the pain.

Why the Acidadem IMC pain center?

The Acibadem pain center is an independent treatment center for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The pain center has virtually no waiting lists and there is no delay between the preparation of a treatment plan and the implementation of a treatment plan. The care is offered in an integrated and multidisciplinary manner by a permanent (para) medical treatment team. Integrated and multidisciplinary care means that different disciplines approach care together. The approach is personal and tailor-made.

The goals are:

  • To reduce the pain (suffering), to make it acceptable / tolerable.
  • Reduce the effects of pain on your daily functioning.
    physical: being able to do more - exercise - take back daily things
    psycho-social: feelings of stress and frustration, getting stuck, getting a grip on life, finding balance.
  • Increase and improve the quality of life.

In addition to the permanent (para) medical team, the pain center works closely with the neurology department (headache center), the spine center and the inguinal hernia center of Acibadem IMC.

Short waiting times and fast and direct communication with the GP and other specialists contribute to adequate treatment.

Who are we

The anesthetist pain specialist is responsible for your medical treatment. During your visit to the outpatient clinic, he will discuss the purpose, possible risks and the course of your treatment with you. The anesthetist pain specialist specializes in the treatment of patients with all types of pain.

The anesthetist-pain specialist will assess your complaints and then make a treatment proposal. This can consist of advice and non-invasive treatments (medicines, pain patches, TENS, physiotherapy, etc.) as well as invasive treatments. There are several options for invasive pain treatments.
In addition to treatment of nerves in which the pain conduction is switched off or reduced, joint treatments and an epidural also belong to the invasive pain treatment. These treatments are not very painful and are done under local anesthesia.
The exact location of the pain treatment is determined and treated with the help of X-ray scanning or ultrasound signals.

In addition to the anesthetist pain specialist, there are nurses and doctor's assistants. They support the pain specialist. If you have any questions about your pain treatment, you can contact them for advice, if necessary in consultation with the pain specialist.

In addition to pain treatments, patients can be referred to physiotherapy at the spine center. The aim is to gradually build up the physical resilience, to slowly reload the painful area, to regain confidence in your life. The aim is to gradually build up the physical resilience, to slowly reload the painful area, to regain confidence in your body. You may be referred to the rehabilitation center to start a multidisciplinary rehabilitation process.

Having chronic pain can have a major impact on a person's life and cause a lot of stress and frustration. Pain can control your life and you get stuck in your own pain process. The psychosocial counselor guides and supports you by providing information about pain, tips and advice, helping you to process and help you learn skills to better cope with your circumstances.

How will I be helped with my pain complaints? Method.

After a referral by a doctor (general practitioner, company doctor, medical specialist) you will be invited for a consultation. Your first appointment is always a meeting. You must report to the waiting room of the pain clinic on the 1st floor.
Questionnaires about your health in general, medication use and pain complaints are discussed. After that, the anesthetist-pain specialist will go into more detail about your pain complaints. Sometimes this information is known in another hospital and it is often faster if you request and take or send this information with you.

The pain specialist will make a proposal for treatment based on your complaints and additional information. Your expectations with regard to the treatment, the limitations and the possible risks are also discussed.
Depending on the treatment plan, a follow-up appointment is made for:

  • Infiltration, injection, blockage
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS)
  • Advice physiotherapy, psychosocial counselor
  • Multidisciplinary discussion with neurology, orthopedics, (neuro) surgery, others

In order to visit our Pain center, you need a referral letter from your general practitioner or medical specialist. You can make an appointment by calling +31 (0)20 238 8800.

You can also request an appointment on our website through the appointment form or by sending an e-mail to, and we will contact you within 24 hours. Since we don’t have a waiting list, you can visit us within 2 days for a consultation.

Anne Marie Sassen

Psychosocial counselor

Dr. Jan Vranken

Anesthesiologist-Pain Specialist


Drs. Jelger Bruinsma

Anesthesiologist-Pain Specialist



Arlandaweg 100 1043 HP Amsterdam

020-238 8800


Francijntje de Kadtlaan 44 3136LR Vlaardingen

010-200 4321