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.
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.
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.
Meet Our Team Members
Interventional Pain Management Physician
Comprehensive Pain Management
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar facet injections and medial branch blocks
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar epidural steroid injections and selective nerve root blocks
- Lumbar discography
- Thoracic and lumbar vertebroplasty / balloon kyphoplasty
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Fluoroscopically-guided and ultrasound-guided shoulder, knee, hip joint injections
- Sacroiliac joint injections and coccygeal nerve blocks
- Intercostal nerve blocks
- Occipital nerve blocks, botox, and radiofrequency neurotomy for headaches
- Botox for headaches
- Neurolytic celiac plexus/splanchnic nerve blocks for intra-abdominal cancers
- Knee viscosupplementation
- Trigger point injections for myofascial pain and spasms
- Sympathetic nerve blocks (stellate ganglion, lumbar sympathetic, ganglion impar)
- Comprehensive Pain Management New Patient Questionnaire (PDF) - please print, complete and bring to your first appointment.
- Manejo Integral del dolor Cuestionario para Paciente Nuevo (PDF) - por favor imprima, complete y traiga a su primera cita.
Refer a Patient
- Comprehensive Pain Management Referral Form (PDF) - please print, complete and fax to 512-495-5457.
- Authorization to Release Records - to expedite the referral process.
Conditions We Treat
- Facial Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Neck Pain
- Thoracic Spine Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Joint Pain
- Upper Extremity and Lower Extremity Pain
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Central Post-Stroke Pain
- Spinal Cord Injury Pain
- Visceral Pain
- Non-Cardiac Chest Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Urogenital and Pelvic Pain
- Cancer Pain
- Persistent Post-Surgical Pain
- Pain in the Older Adult
Types of Care We Provide
- Medical Pain Management
- Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine
- Licensed Clinical Social Work
- Physical Therapy
Interventional Procedures We Perform
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar/caudal epidural steroid injections
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar medial branch blocks
- Cervical/lumbar facet joint injections
- Cervical/thoracic/lumbar radiofrequency denervation
- Sacroiliac joint injections
- Piriformis injections
- Intercostal nerve blocks
- Lumbar sympathetic blocks
- Stellate ganglion blocks
- Superior hypogastric plexus blocks
- Celiac/Splanchnic plexus blocks
- Ganglion of Impar blocks
- Occipital nerve blocks
- Botox for headaches
- Coccygeal nerve blocks
- Median nerve blocks
- Trigger point injections
- Intra-articular shoulder, hip, knee injections
- Trochanteric bursa injections
- Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve block
- Provocative discography (lumbar only)
- Spinal cord stimulation trials