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Treatments We Offer

UPMC Pain Medicine clinics offer outpatient evaluation and treatment of the most complex pain problems, including cancer pain. The latest treatment procedures are offered on-site.

Noninvasive Pain Treatments

Whenever possible, noninvasive medical therapies — therapies that do not require surgery — are the preferred first step to manage your pain. We bring together the expertise of pain professionals in many disciplines — from medicine to cancer care, nutrition to physical therapy. Our noninvasive treatment programs and services include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Evaluation of musculoskeletal pain
  • Fibromyalgia group therapies
  • Functional capacity evaluation, work hardening, and job-site evaluation
  • Gait and postural training
  • Headache programs
  • Interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation
  • Management of cancer pain and cancer-related pain
  • Nutritional and sleep counseling
  • Older adult pain management
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Physical conditioning exercises
  • Self-monitoring
  • Stress management, relaxation therapy, and self-hypnosis

Invasive Pain Treatments

For some patients, noninvasive pain treatment is not enough to reduce their pain. Surgical therapies can be used either alone or in conjunction with medical therapy. UPMC Pain Medicine offers the latest invasive treatment methods, including:

  • BOTOX® injections
  • Coolief Radiofrequency Lesioning/Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Knee Pain
  • Early, aggressive treatment of severe pain states, such as post-herpetic neuritis and complex regional pain syndrome (RSD)
  • Epidural injection
  • Evaluation of musculoskeletal pain
  • Intercostal nerve block
  • Interventional therapies including epidural steroid, sacroiliac and facet injections
  • Intrathecal drug delivery
  • Intrathecal opioid trial and implantation
  • Ketamine
  • Lumbar sympathetic nerve block
  • Neuroaxial opioids infusions and combinations for long-term therapy
  • Neurolytic somatic and ganglia nerve blocks
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator trials and surgical implantation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Radiofrequency denervation
  • Radiofrequency lesioning of selective nerves and ganglia
  • Referral to pain rehabilitation or detoxification site as necessary
  • Therapeutic caudal nerve block
  • Transforaminal selective nerve blocks and epidural injections
  • Treatment of refractory cancer pain
  • Trigger point injections
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures

We also can work with home health care specialists that provide medicines and infusion treatments for housebound or cancer patients. When necessary, our team also provides referral to pain rehabilitation or detoxification services.