Pain Management Program Welcomes Referrals for Patients with Persistent Pain

The team treats a variety of complex, acute, and chronic pain syndromes."

Many patients have pain that persists despite good medical treatment — low back pain, arthritis, or chronic headaches, for example.

When pain becomes chronic or persistent, the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program at UT Southwestern can help with a comprehensive approach that focuses on more than just alleviating pain; it focuses on improving patients’  physical, psychological, work, and social role functioning, while decreasing dependence on medications. Treatments and follow-up needs are grounded in a technology-based system of measurable outcomes collected at regular intervals.

“The interdisciplinary approach has been advocated in a recent Institute of Medicine report, and we are offering that to patients with chronic pain as an alternative to other treatments such as chronic opioid therapy, which has fallen out of favor,” says Carl Noe, M.D., Director of UT Southwestern’s Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management.

The Interdisciplinary Pain Management team includes physicians, nurses, behavioral health professionals, and physical therapists — all of whom have expertise in pain management. They effectively treat a variety of complex, acute, and chronic pain syndromes, including headache, neck and back pain, abdominal and pelvic pain, degenerative spine disease, thoracic and chest wall pain, and persistent pain.

The process of determining appropriate treatments involves multiple evaluations from a medical, behavioral, and physical therapy standpoint. Treatment modalities may include non-narcotic medications, injections, procedures, physical therapy, short-term cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, stress management, and group psychoeducation.

“We treat pain comprehensively,” says Dr. Noe, “and we’re here to help.”