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UPMC Total Care: Musculoskeletal Health

​​UPMC Total Care — Musculoskeletal Health

Musculoskeletal problems are the second most common reason for physician visits, and they represent one of the most common causes of disability. Specifically, as many as 80 percent of people will experience low back pain during their lifetime. 

Our goal at UPMC Total Care — Musculoskeletal Health is to explore all treatment options to determine what works best for you.

What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

Patients with musculoskeletal pain often experience several coexisting conditions that can make active treatment difficult or unsuccessful. In addition to pain that limits function, these can include:

  • ​​Anxiety or depression
  • Fatigue
  • Inactivity
  • I​nsomnia
  • Obesity
  • Tobacco/substance use

​At UPMC, we bring together experts who specialize in the treatment of conditions commonly associated with musculoskeletal pain, such as low back pain. By treating these and addressing the pain itself, we can manage and prevent pain and its recurrence.

What is UPMC Total Care?

Working in collaboration with your doctor and providing guidance for self-management strategies, our team of experts can help you identify any barriers to recovery.

What is Comprehensive Care? 

The wide range of treatments and symptom management strategies are handled by your health care team. You also will have access to a nurse care manager for urgent questions in between appointments.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts provides comprehensive strategies to treat the causes of musculoskeletal pain rather than just the symptoms. 

Our team is made up of experts specializing in:

  • ​Functional assessment
  • Pain management
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep medicine
  • Fatigue
  • Tobacco cessation
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Joint inflammation

What's Next?

Once an individualized care plan has successfully improved your musculoskeletal condition, you will be returned to the care of your primary physician, with a maintenance plan, while you continue to practice self-management strategies as-needed to maintain musculoskeletal wellness.​

Program Leadership

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD​, Medical Director


Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 102
3471 Fifth Aven​ue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213​

Contact Us​

​​To schedule an appointment, please call 412-647-9​940​ or complete the form below.

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