UW Center for Pain Relief provides acute and chronic pain consultation and treatment. Disorders we commonly treat includes acute zoster neuritis, acute and chronic spinal pain, cancer pain, headache disorders of many kinds, visceral abdominal and pelvic pain, peripheral neuropathies, post-surgical pain syndromes, myofascial pain syndromes, and widespread pain disorders. We also diagnose and initiate treatment for pain associated with psychiatric and psychologic conditions.
Since many times long-term opioids are required to treat persistent pain, we work directly with our patients' treating providers to develop and implement the safest and most effective management approach. Sometimes this involves reducing or eliminating these drugs entirely, sometimes not. The Center for Pain Relief cannot provide long-term continuing opioid prescriptions beyond our consultative treatment interval (weeks to a few months), so our patients will need to have a long-term provider established and willing to continue this aspect of care. We do not provide opioid prescriptions at time of a patient's first visit. We are not an addiction treatment service, though we can help determine if opioids are causing an addiction disorder.
To refer a patient, complete and fax the UW Medicine referral form to the UW Center for Pain Relief at 206.598.4576.
Please include recent progress notes and imaging along with a clear description of your goals for the consultation.
For questions about the referral process: call 206.598.9429.