Pain Management Center

Interdisciplinary Approach to Pain

Interdisciplinary Approach to Pain

The Pain Management Center at University Health Care offers the benefit of an interdisciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of pain. The team includes highly experienced physicians (anesthesiologists specializing in pain management and other physician specialists), nurses, psychologists and physical therapist. The Pain Management Center also has an active basic and clinical research program to ensure that the most advanced treatment options are available to our patients.

Comprehensive Evaluation

Unless your physician refers you to the Pain Management Center to undergo a specific procedure or series of procedures, you will be scheduled to undergo a comprehensive evaluation.

During this evaluation, members of the multidisciplinary team will conduct a full physical and psychological assessment of your condition, including a review of your medical records, and X-rays. In some cases, supplemental diagnostic tests may be necessary to further pinpoint the cause of your pain. (We will, however, avoid unnecessary duplication of tests wherever possible.) We usually ask that you bring a spouse, relative or close friend to the evaluation.

Once the evaluation has been completed, the Pain Management team will hold an interdisciplinary team meeting to determine whether or not treatment here holds potential benefits for you, and to develop an individualized treatment plan. Following this team meeting, your treatment plan will be presented to you at your treatment plan visit.

Individualized Treatment Plan

The treatment plan developed by the Pain Management team will be specially tailored to your condition and degree of pain, your needs and your personal objectives. Your treatment plan may include a single approach, or a combination of different types of therapies: medical therapies, including both medications and special procedures; psychological therapies; and rehabilitation therapies.