Pain Management

If you live with chronic pain, you know how difficult it can be to perform daily tasks. Our pain management specialists can provide you with the tools necessary to minimize the effects of persistent back pain, cancer pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, facial pain and more.

To help you live and cope better, we promote active pain self-management, working with you, your treatment team and your doctor. Strategies may include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Supervised exercise
  • Relaxation training Medication management
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Education about pain and pain management
  • Group-based support

Interventional pain services
You may not have heard of interventional pain medicine. It’s a relatively new specialty that can provide relief and help you return to the highest possible level of functioning. We’ve found it succeeds better when combined with the self-management techniques outlined above. By working with you, your multidisciplinary team and doctor, our specialists can help relieve chronic and acute pain using:
  • Epidural and joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Trigger-point injections
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Drug-delivery devices, such as intrathecal pump implant
  • Acupuncture
  • Manual medicine techniques
  • Botulinum toxin injections for conditions such as headache and muscle spasm

Your doctor should tell us if you are being referred to us for nerve blocks or other regional anesthetic procedures. Our professional staff may recommend additional procedures during your evaluation or follow-up care.

Inpatient consultation service
While you are a patient at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, you can receive an inpatient consultation. During that meeting, a physician, clinical nurse specialist, social worker and chaplain meet with you, your family and doctor to assess your needs. Using what they learn, providers will develop a plan that respects your values and personal choices. Daily interaction with the team keeps your plan up-to-date. Of course, your regular doctor will continue to be in charge of your care.