Referring Your Patients to the Pain Treatment and Research Center

Contact Information
(608) 263-9550
The following information is intended to help physicians refer their patients to the UW Health Pain Treatment and Research Center, located at 5249 East Terrace Drive in Madison.
What services are offered at the Pain Treatment and Research Center (PTRC)?
  • Detailed neurological and musculoskeletal assessment
  • Physical therapy and exercise prescription 
  • Pharmacotherapy (No medication maintenance. Patients should not expect opioid prescriptions at first visit)
  • Image-guided interventional therapy: nerve blocks, epidural injections, implants 
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Biofeedback and relaxation training 
  • Diagnostic tests (EMG/nerve conduction studies, tilt table, quantitative sensory testing, others)

What services are not offered?

  • Addiction medicine or detoxification services
  • Long-term medication maintenance services 
  • Primary medical care; urgent/emergent care

What are the requirements for PTRC evaluation?

  • A written professional consultation request, accompanied by relevant medical records
  • A physician who is willing to provide primary medical care during treatment at the PTRC, and to resume treatment of the pain problem following discharge from the PTRC

What can you expect from a PTRC evaluation?

  • A professional and thorough consultation, with detailed recommendations for treatment 
  • Outline and schedule of proposed treatment at PTRC, where applicable
  • Timely communication to help you better care for your patients

What are the PTRC's goals for its patients?

  • Improved function
  • Reduced pain 
  • Improved quality of life

Who are appropriate candidates for evaluation at the PTRC?

  • Patients with chronic pain or refractory acute pain (examples: CRPS/RSD, radiculopathy, herpes zosterrelated pain)
  • Patients who are willing and cognitively able to participate in treatment

Who are not appropriate candidates?

  • Patients with conditions requiring emergency medical or surgical care 
  • Patients with poorly-controlled psychiatric conditions (examples: active psychosis, mania) 
  • Patients with active addictive disorders; please refer them for AODA treatment first

Are there any insurance considerations?


Generally, patients must have health insurance to receive treatment. Medicaid from outside Wisconsin is not usually accepted. Exceptions may be made with prior approval and consultation with Patient Financial Services representatives.