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Personalized, multidisciplinary care for musculoskeletal conditions

​​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.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, please call 412-647-9940 or complete the form below.


Kaufmann Medical Building, Suite 102
3471 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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
  • Insomnia
  • 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.

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.

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:

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.

Gwendolyn Sowa, MD, PhD, is the medical director of UPMC Total Care — Musculoskeletal Health.

Multidisciplinary team members include:

  • Physiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Physical therapists

Clinical Psychologist


Make An Appointment with UPMC

To take the first step in managing your musculoskeletal pain and health, fill out the form. 

Make sure to include your first and last name, a working e-mail address, and choose whether you would like to ask a question about musculoskeletal health or schedule an appointment with a physiatrist.

If you do not receive a response in the next few days please call our office at 412-647-9940.