Comprehensive Pain Management

About this Clinic

We appreciate your interest in learning more about Comprehensive Pain Management at UT Health Austin. Thank you for considering us and our whole-patient approach to reducing pain; increasing physical, psychological and social health and well-being; and improving quality of life.

About this Program


There are many complex pain conditions that adversely affect many people’s lives. Comprehensive Pain Management at UT Health Austin recognizes this complexity and treats the individual, 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 get back to the productive and meaningful parts of their lives. Our holistic approach involves an interdisciplinary team of anesthesiologists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, physical therapists, pharmacists, and medical assistants —all working together to create a supportive, compassionate, patient-centered environment that addresses your specific pain condition with a management plan tailored specifically to your needs.

About your Care Team

Associate Provider: Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Your Associate Provider is an important member of your care team. Your Associate Provider works closely with the other members of your care team to make a diagnosis and then to treat your specific pain condition. Your Associate Provider is dedicated to helping you reduce your pain, meet your overall health goals, and improve your quality of life.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) may be a member of your care team. Anxiety, depression, and other emotional health condition can not only worsen your overall well-being but also increase your pain. In order to get 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 visit. 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 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 your other above care providers to create an individualized diagnosis and treatment plan that is designed to meet your specific needs and goals. Your Physician is dedicated to helping you reduce your pain, meet your overall health goals, and improve your quality of life.