Comprehensive Pain Management

About this Clinic

There are many complex pain conditions that adversely affect 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.

Prior to Your First Clinic Visit

Once our clinic receives a referral from your referring provider, members of our Care Team will identify any existing records of treatment in the UT Health Austin System and communicate with your referring provider to obtain needed medical records and other information. If you have received medical treatment from a provider other than your referring provider, our Care Team will need to contact you to receive a written Authorization for Medical Records from your other provider(s). The Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic generally will not schedule your initial appointment until it has received all relevant records. To ensure efficient scheduling of your initial appointment, it is important for you to work with our Care Team so that we promptly receive your completed appropriate Authorization(s). Once all needed records have been received and reviewed, our UTHA Access Center will contact you to schedule your initial appointment.

Your First Clinic Visit

After your physician referral has been received and your appointment made, you will receive an email with a link to our New Patient Questionnaire. Please fill out this paperwork before your scheduled visit time to ensure your appointment is not delayed or rescheduled. Our Care Team reviews your medical records prior to your first visit to allow more time for discussion of your answers on our New Patient Questionnaire and your treatment goals and options. As we provide a comprehensive assessment of health, most patients see both our Social Worker and Physician during their first visit. Each patient’s initial appointment is a consult to discuss your personal health history and goals. Please do not expect to be prescribed opioids or other narcotics during your initial visit. Except in the most extenuating circumstances, we do not prescribe opioids or other narcotics during a patient’s initial appointment. We instead often either significantly reduce or completely eliminate a patient’s chronic use of a conventional opioid medication.

About Your Care Team

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. We look forward to meeting you and working together to create this health care plan tailored specifically for you.

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.


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.