Solas Health

Pain Management Specialist & Opioid Addiction Treatment located in Pinehurst, NC & Cary, NC

About Solas Health

Solas Health, with offices in Pinehurst and Cary, North Carolina, provides quality and highly effective pain management services to residents in Pinehurst and Cary. The medical professionals at Solas Health specialize in proven and innovative treatment plans for patients experiencing acute or chronic pain.

Solas Health, previously Pinehurst Pain Clinic, has deep roots in North Carolina. Dr. Francis C. Corrigan opened the facility in 2002 but has served residents of North Carolina as a certified pain management specialist and board-certified anesthesiologist since 1991. He has since brought together a team of skilled pain management specialists working in tandem at Solas Health to reach his goal of patient-first health care service.

The Solas Health team considers each patient an individual with unique circumstances related to their current condition. You’ll receive a thorough physical evaluation and careful review of your pain symptoms before these dedicated healthcare professionals create your customized care plan–one that treats the underlying cause as well as the symptoms.

Their approach creates a comprehensive treatment strategy that considers your current overall health, lifestyle, and future goals in the process. This provides you the best possible opportunity for overcoming your pain issues and returning to the life you enjoy.

Pain services offered at Solas Health include pharmacologic care, rehabilitation therapy, advanced interventional pain management, and alternative treatments such as acupuncture. Available treatments include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Trigger point, joint, and nerve root injections
  • Facet, occipital, and lumbar sympathetic blocks
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Bursa injections
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Coccyx injection
  • Stellate ganglion block
  • Spinal cord block
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Solas Health

Solas Health, with offices in Pinehurst and Cary, North Carolina, provides quality and highly effective pain management services to residents in Pinehurst and Cary. The medical professionals at Solas Health specialize in proven and innovative treatment plans for patients experiencing acute or chronic pain.

Solas Health, previously Pinehurst Pain Clinic, has deep roots in North Carolina. Dr. Francis C. Corrigan opened the facility in 2002 but has served residents of North Carolina as a certified pain management specialist and board-certified anesthesiologist since 1991. He has since brought together a team of skilled pain management specialists working in tandem at Solas Health to reach his goal of patient-first health care service.

The Solas Health team considers each patient an individual with unique circumstances related to their current condition. You’ll receive a thorough physical evaluation and careful review of your pain symptoms before these dedicated healthcare professionals create your customized care plan–one that treats the underlying cause as well as the symptoms.

Their approach creates a comprehensive treatment strategy that considers your current overall health, lifestyle, and future goals in the process. This provides you the best possible opportunity for overcoming your pain issues and returning to the life you enjoy.

Pain services offered at Solas Health include pharmacologic care, rehabilitation therapy, advanced interventional pain management, and alternative treatments such as acupuncture. Available treatments include:


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Pharmacologic

The use of pain medication dates back at least to the time of Hippocrates, who used bark leaves from a willow tree to reduce pain and inflammation.  By the first century, opium was used for severe pain.  Today, medication is almost always important in the management of chronic pain.  Many different types of pain medications exist, including anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxants, opiates, anti-epileptics, and topical medication.  By appropriately using medications with different mechanisms of action, optimal reduction in pain can be achieved without unacceptable risks of side effects or addiction.  At Solas Health, we are interested in recommending a medical regimen which is best suited to your needs.

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INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT
  • This procedure delivers anti-inflammatory medication (steroid) into the space outside of the spinal sac using sterile technique and x-ray guidance. Epidural injections are widely accepted as an integral part of the non-surgical management of low back pain or neck pain. Depositing steroid medication in close proximity to the spinal discs and nerve roots can result in marked improvement in pain.  Most commonly, epidural injections are performed for patients with disc herniations and spinal stenosis, although they may also be effective in reducing inflammation in the lumbar and cervical facet joints.  This is the most commonly performed injection at Solas Health.


  • This procedure places a combination of anti-inflammatory (steroid) and numbing medicine into the sacroiliac (SI) joint. The SI joint connects the sacrum, which is the triangular shaped bone at the base of your spine, to the iliac bone of the pelvis. This joint transmits the forces of the upper body to the pelvis and legs. Placing a combination of anti-inflammatory (steroid) and numbing medicine into the joint may reduce  pain caused by sacroiliac joint dysfunction, arthritis, or inflammation. This procedure is done under sterile conditions, with x-ray guidance.

  • The facet injection, or medial branch block, is the injection of numbing medicine near the nerve that supplies the facet joints in your spine. After thorough examination and confirmed facet joint pain, a medial branch block will be ordered. By temporarily numbing these joints, the patient may get partial or complete pain relief. If this occurs, the patient may benefit from Radiofrequency Ablation that can provide six months to one year or more of pain relief. These procedures are done under sterile conditions, with x-ray guidance, and usually require intravenous (IV) sedation.


  • Placement of a Spinal Cord Stimulator is an advanced pain management technique, in which electrical leads are placed over the spinal cord. Electrical energy can interrupt pain signals in the spinal cord to block sensation of pain.  The spinal cord stimulator is a powerful tool for reducing pain in select patients, who have not responded to more conservative measures.  Before placement of a permanent device, a temporary trial is performed for one week, to ensure that the patient will benefit from the permanent implant.  This procedure is done under sterile conditions, with x-ray guidance, and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Ketamine Infusions

Ketamine infusion therapy, while rarely performed, can be very effective in treating neuropathic pain which is resistant to other treatments.  It is most commonly used for pain from RSD or CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome).  It is also used in fibromyalgia, phantom limb pain, and postherpetic neuralgia.  In part, Ketamine infusion works on receptors in the central nervous system to reduce sensitivity to pain.  Francis Corrigan, M.D. has the experience to confidently provide this advanced pain management technique for the rare patient who does not respond to other treatments. Dr. Corrigan is currently the only Pain Management doctor providing this treatment in the Raleigh, Durham and Cary marketplace. He has successfully treated patients in Pinehurst for several years with this advanced treatment option.

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Insurance

Solas Health is in network with most insurance plans and we are able electronically file a majority of insurance claims. Here is a short list of insurance plans we file:

Aetna
America's 1st Choice
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
CoreSource
Coventry
First Carolina Care
Humana
Medcost
Physicians Mutual
Tricare
UMR
United Healthcare
Workers Compensation