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Comprehensive Pain Management

About this clinic

There are many complex pain conditions that adversely affect many people’s lives. The Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic at UT Health Austin recognizes this complexity and treats the whole person. Our approach to the whole person means that in addition to conventional pain treatments like medications and injections, we use exercise and strengthening, address sleep problems, and teach coping and mindfulness skills, so that our patients can focus on the productive and meaningful aspects of their lives.

We are very aware of and concerned about the current opioid misuse epidemic, with its resulting morbidity and mortality, in the United States—including in Central Texas. Our program deemphasizes the use of opioids, relying instead on non-opioid pain relievers and other pain treatment modalities. Our program does not routinely initiate or assume a patient’s prescription for an opioid medication. We instead often either significantly reduce or completely eliminate a patient’s chronic use of a conventional opioid medication.

Our interdisciplinary team includes anesthesiologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, and medical assistants — all working together, with you and your doctor, to create a supportive, compassionate, patient-centered environment that addresses your specific pain condition with a management plan tailored to your needs.

About your Care Team


Associate Provider: Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Your associate provider works closely with the other members of your care team to diagnose and then treat your specific pain condition. They are dedicated to helping you reduce your pain, meet your overall health goals, and improve your quality of life.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Anxiety, depression, and other emotional health conditions can affect your overall well-being and increase your pain. In order to achieve the best possible outcomes for you, our LCSW may work with you to identify and to meet any mental or behavioral health needs and to improve your quality of life.

Medical Assistant

Your medical assistant (MA), also known as your care coordinator, will be with you during most of your care. Going forward, your Care Coordinator helps identify and advocate for your individual needs and assists you in receiving your mutually agreed upon care.

Pharmacist

Your care team may include a pharmacist, who assists your physician and associate provider in selecting the possible medications to treat your pain and any mental or behavioral health conditions. Your pharmacist is also trained to identify possible interactions among your prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal remedies.

Physical Therapist

Your care team may also include a physical therapist who is trained to help you improve your overall function, health, and well-being. Your physical therapist will work with you to create an exercise plan and other rehabilitation activities that meet your individual needs and goals and improve your overall well-being.

Physician: Anesthesiologist, Physiatrist or Psychiatrist

Your care team includes at least one physician who specializes in pain management. This physician works closely with all of your care providers to create an individualized diagnosis and treatment plan designed to meet your goals. Your physician is dedicated to helping you reduce your pain, meet your overall health goals, and improve your quality of life.