Our Mission

Family First Healthcare: Pain Management is proud to serve Northeast Georgia. By providing patients with affordable pain management, we help fight the growing problem with opiate abuse in our community. For more information on how to get help with addiction or drug abuse, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration's national helpline: 1-800-662-4357. It is available 24/7 and offers service in English or Spanish.

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Conditions We Treat

Pain is real and it's physical — there's no mistaking that. But pain is measured and specific to one person based on that person's perception of the pain, and that's why everyone's pain is different.

Here is a sampling of the most common conditions we treat:

  • Acute to chronic lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Post-surgical procedures
  • Post-traumatic pain syndrome
  • Muscle and/or bone pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Spinal pain

Whatever your pain is, we can help you treat it.


If you are interested in a method not listed above, please ask your doctor. If they are not already familiar with it, they will be more than happy to research the method and provide an informed, medical opinion on its effectiveness.

Pain Management is not synonymous with prescription drugs, as sometimes these can do much more harm than the pain itself. By using a diverse toolkit, our doctors can craft a personalized regimen that will ensure you live the healthiest, pain-free life possible.

Treatment Options

Most of our front-line treatments do not involve prescription drugs or narcotics. Due to the danger of these treatments, they are rarely any physician's first choice. Prescription drug addictions remain one of the largest killers of Americans today and we strive to reduce that number. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please reach out and we will do our best to help you. We have a host of addiction resources and references to a number of recovery centers available.

Treatments:

  • Meditation and Mindfulness:
    These techniques seek to minimize the pain while giving the patient control of their life.

  • Physical Therapy:
    For injury-related pain we offer a variety of physical therapy services, designed to improve mobility and motor functions so that you can get back to living your life.

  • Yoga:
    One of the most successful methods of pain management is through Yoga. Yoga combines the best elements of physical therapy and meditation and fuses them together into a pain-killing treatment.

Medications

  • NSAID Pain relievers: (Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin) Acetaminophen (commonly sold as Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants: Although typically used to treat depression, Antidepressants have been shown to have a strong effect on nerve-based pain.
  • Anti-seizeure: effective when treating nerve-related pain.
  • Steroids: Prednisone, Dexamethasone, etc to alleviate inflammation and pain.
  • Narcotics: Opioid-based drugs, painkillers, etc
  • Epidural injections or Nerve Blocks: When many people hear epidural injections, they think of labor pains during child birth. But epidurals in pain management seek to apply steroids directly to the nerves causing pain. Using a specialized x-ray machine, the treatment can be applied with precision to alleviate pain.
  • Bio Feedback: Biofeedback therapies hope to distract your thoughts from the pain. They are multipurpose, also helping reduce stress, increase self esteem and provide a great deal of relaxation.

If you have heard about or would like to try any other pain relief method, we urge you to bring it up at your next visit.

Our Locations

Family First Healthcare is based out of two locations.

Athens Location

This location was established to treat the Athens-Clarke area and help residents deal with chronic pain. There are a variety of pain management services offered here, including meditation and mindfulness, non-narcotic medications (fillable at your local pharmacy), bio-feedback, pain coaching and more!

 

Benefits of our Location

One of the important parts of the Athens location is the variety of equipment that is available to the doctors when they are diagnosing your pain. Not only can they draw blood, and take blood pressure like your typical doctor's office, but we have a battery of state of the art testing machines.

In the Nuclear clinic, there is a PET scan machine that can take detailed scan of your body, focusing on whatever area is causing you pain.
In the Ultrasound clinic, we use ultrasonic imaging to view muscles, tendons and many internal organs, some of the most common sites of pain.
Access to these machines lets us tailor a pain management solution specific to your body, dramatically increasing your chances of improvement.

Lavonia

Lavonia Location

The Lavonia location was established to treat the Lavonia area. There are a variety of pain management services offered here, including non-narcotic medications (fillable at your local pharmacy), bio-feedback, pain coaching, physical rehabilitation and more!

Benefits of Our Location

The Lavonia branch was started because our doctors saw a growing need for pain management services in the area. The branch offers a variety of treatment options, and will create a customizable plan using our state of the art testing machines and diagnostic platforms to get you on the road to recovery. We remain committed to a non-narcotic approach, as the development of an opioid dependency destroy months of pain management work. If you would like to learn more about our Pain Management locations and the employees that help make us great, subscribe to our newsletter today!

 

Meet Our Doctors

Doctor James Brown

Dr Brown is a board certified internist and pain management physician. He holds a bachelor's degree from University of Georgia and his medical degree from Baylor University.
He spent much of his career in the VA hospital system before joining Family First Healthcare. He is a Georgia native and a dedicated philanthropist. He has given back to the community through Boys and Girls Club of Athens and his church.

Doctor Subodh Agrawal

Dr. Agrawal is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Sleep Medicine and Pain Management. Originally from India, Dr. Agrawal graduated from medical school in Jaipur, India in 1977. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and International Cardiology Fellowship from the University of Alabama. He is published in numerous peer reviewed journals and is a frequent speaker at events.