Pain Medicine


​​​​​​The UW Division of Pain Medicine specializes in treating patients with acute or chronic pain. We combine patient-centered care with highly sophisticated diagnostic and treatment procedures to help you manage your pain and get back to doing the things you love.

Few things are more distressing than the experience of being in pain. In addition, recent studies have shown that untreated pain can have lasting physiological and psychological effects. Whether you’re suffering pain as a result of an injury or surgery; pain associated with an illness such as cancer, arthritis or diabetes; or pain caused by syndromes, such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches or myofascial pain, our pain medicine doctors can help.

Because a wide range of conditions can cause pain, our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in pain medicine, anesthesia, internal medicine, orthopedics, neurology, radiology, psychiatry, physical and occupational therapy, and complementary medicine. In this collaborative atmosphere, specialists will work with you and your primary healthcare provider to diagnose the problem, set individualized goals and design a custom plan of treatment.

Acute Pain

Inadequate pain management after an injury or surgery can lead to a slower recovery, more time in the hospital and, potentially, long-term pain. So if you’re recovering from an injury or having surgery, it’s essential to have a pain management plan in place.

This may be as simple as your doctor writing a prescription for pain medication or, if you have more complex pain management issues, your care team can design a customized plan for you. Our providers are experienced in managing pain through both medications and interventional techniques, which actually block the nerves sending the pain messages to the brain.

Chronic Pain

It’s not always clear what causes chronic pain. But the clinical experience and diagnostic expertise of the providers at UW Pain Medicine can help you get to the root of the problem and then build a customized treatment plan to help you feel better. Because chronic pain can often be associated with mental health disorders such as depression and substance abuse, our pain medicine doctors work closely with specialists in other fields.

If you have pain from an injury, surgery, or medical condition that persists despite appropriate treatment for your underlying disorder, contact one of our clinics. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists will collaborate to design a treatment plan that works for you.

There’s no getting around the fact that pain is unpleasant. But whether you’re with us at the hospital or visit one of our clinics as an outpatient, the UW Medicine Pain Medicine team can help you manage your pain—and get on with your life.​​