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About Spinal Cord Injury Pain

Most spinal cord injuries are a result of trauma to the vertebral column, which affects the ability of the spinal cord to send and receive messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Following a spinal cord injury, you can experience chronic pain in the neck, head or back, loss of sensation in the hands and feet, urinary or bowel dysfunction, difficulty walking and impaired breathing. No matter the pain you experience following a spinal cord injury, UT Health Austin understands these symptoms can severely impact your quality of life, and we are dedicated to reaching a solution.

Spinal Cord Injury Pain Treatment at UT Health Austin

Our team of experts will evaluate your medical history and conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the source of your chronic pain. Depending on the severity, frequency and type of pain you experience, your customized treatment plan may include a medication, activity modification, physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage, or surgery. Our care team is devoted to getting you back on your feet so you can focus on what matters.

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes a Pain Medicine Physician, Interventional Pain Management Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist, and Pharmacist to treat your needs. Our team is here to listen and collaborate to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

When is spinal cord injury pain an emergency?

If you believe you have sustained a spinal cord injury, seek immediate emergency medical care.