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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Sehgal is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and has subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include minimally invasive image guided procedures to diagnose and treat complex pain disorders, chronic pain of spinal origin, whiplash, cancer pain and chronic musculoskeletal pain, radio frequency and neuroablative procedures; intradiscal treatments (e.g. IDET); spinal cord stimulation and neuraxial drug delivery.


Pain Management

Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation Medicine (Inpatient Hospitalist)


Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic Neck Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


Epidural Steroid Injections

Facet Joint Injections/Medial Branch Blocks

Low Back Pain

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Musculoskeltal Back Pain

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Radiofrequency Ablation

Spinal Cord Stimulation Trial & Implant

Spine Injections

Sympathetic Ganglia Blocks (Stellate, Celiac, Hypogastric, Lumbar, Ganglion impar)

Trigger Point Injections


Madison Surgery Center
(608) 287-2990 | | Map
Pain Management Clinic
(608) 263-9550 | | Map
Rehabilitation Hospital
(608) 592-8100 | | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pain Medicine
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Interventional Pain Management, Spine Technology and Rehbilitation, Ft. Wayne, IN

Residency Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Milwaukee, WI
Internship Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Medical School JLN Medical College, Ajmer, India

Languages Spoken

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
PubMed Articles
Sehgal N Gordon DB Hetzel S Backonja MM Colored Pain Drawing as a Clinical Tool in Differentiating Neuropathic Pain from Non-Neuropathic Pain. Pain Med . 2021 Mar 18;22(3):596-605
[PubMed ID: 33200188]
Manchikanti L Knezevic NN Navani A Christo PJ Limerick G Calodney AK Grider J Harned ME Cintron L Gharibo CG Shah S Nampiaparampil DE Candido KD Soin A Kaye AD Kosanovic R Magee TR Beall DP Atluri S Gupta M Helm Ii S Wargo BW Diwan S Aydin SM Boswell MV Haney BW Albers SL Latchaw R Abd-Elsayed A Conn A Hansen H Simopoulos TT Swicegood JR Bryce DA Singh V Abdi S Bakshi S Buenaventura RM Cabaret JA Jameson J Jha S Kaye AM Pasupuleti R Rajput K Sanapati MR Sehgal N Trescot AM Racz GB Gupta S Sharma ML Grami V Parr AT Knezevic E Datta S Patel KG Tracy DH Cordner HJ Snook LT Benyamin RM Hirsch JA Epidural Interventions in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines. Pain Physician . 2021 Jan;24(S1):S27-S208
[PubMed ID: 33492918]
Abd-Elsayed A Loebertman M Huynh P Urits I Viswanath O Sehgal N The Long-Term Efficacy of Radiofrequency Ablation With and Without Steroid Injection. Psychopharmacol Bull . 2020 Oct 15;50(4 Suppl 1):11-16
[PubMed ID: 33633413]
Manchikanti L Kaye AD Soin A Albers SL Beall D Latchaw R Sanapati MR Shah S Atluri S Abd-Elsayed A Abdi S Aydin S Bakshi S Boswell MV Buenaventura R Cabaret J Calodney AK Candido KD Christo PJ Cintron L Diwan S Gharibo C Grider J Gupta M Haney B Harned ME Helm Ii S Jameson J Jha S Kaye AM Knezevic NN Kosanovic R Manchikanti MV Navani A Racz G Pampati V Pasupuleti R Philip C Rajput K Sehgal N Sudarshan G Vanaparthy R Wargo BW Hirsch JA Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines for Facet Joint Interventions in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Guidelines Facet Joint Interventions 2020 Guidelines. Pain Physician . 2020 May;23(3S):S1-S127
[PubMed ID: 32503359]
Wasan AD Alter BJ Edwards RR Argoff CE Sehgal N Walk D Moeller-Bertram T Wallace MS Backonja M Test-Retest and Inter-Examiner Reliability of a Novel Bedside Quantitative Sensory Testing Battery in Postherpetic Neuralgia Patients. J Pain . 2020 Jul - Aug;21(7-8):858-868
[PubMed ID: 31837446]
Laursen K Sehgal N Poliak-Tunis M Rudin NJ Kim P Regarding Modulation of Central Sensitization Following Trigger Point Anesthetization in Patients with Chronic Pain from Whiplash Trauma. Pain Med . 2018 Apr 1;19(4):815-816
[PubMed ID: 29092067]
Brellenthin AG Crombie KM Cook DB Sehgal N Koltyn KF Psychosocial Influences on Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia. Pain Med . 2017 Mar 1;18(3):538-550
[PubMed ID: 28034985]
Ruan X Wu H Sehgal N Intravenous Fentanyl and Potential Mortality. JAMA Intern Med . 2017 Feb 1;177(2):290-291
[PubMed ID: 28166349]
Holz SC Sehgal N What is the Correlation Between Facet Joint Radiofrequency Outcome and Response to Comparative Medial Branch Blocks? Pain Physician . 2016 Mar;19(3):163-72
[PubMed ID: 27008290]
Manchikanti L Nampiaparampil DE Manchikanti KN Falco FJ Singh V Benyamin RM Kaye AD Sehgal N Soin A Simopoulos TT Bakshi S Gharibo CG Gilligan CJ Hirsch JA Comparison of the efficacy of saline, local anesthetics, and steroids in epidural and facet joint injections for the management of spinal pain: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Surg Neurol Int . 2015;6(Suppl 4):S194-235
[PubMed ID: 26005584]
Koltyn KF Brellenthin AG Cook DB Sehgal N Hillard C Mechanisms of exercise-induced hypoalgesia. J Pain . 2014 Dec;15(12):1294-1304
[PubMed ID: 25261342]
Sehgal N Colson J Smith HS Chronic pain treatment with opioid analgesics: benefits versus harms of long-term therapy. Expert Rev Neurother . 2013 Nov;13(11):1201-20
[PubMed ID: 24175722]
Sehgal N Manchikanti L Smith HS Prescription opioid abuse in chronic pain: a review of opioid abuse predictors and strategies to curb opioid abuse. Pain Physician . 2012 Jul;15(3 Suppl):ES67-92
[PubMed ID: 22786463]
Sehgal N Smith HS Manchikanti L Peripherally acting opioids and clinical implications for pain control. Pain Physician . 2011 May-Jun;14(3):249-58
[PubMed ID: 21587328]
Backonja MM Walk D Edwards RR Sehgal N Moeller-Bertram T Wasan A Irving G Argoff C Wallace M Quantitative sensory testing in measurement of neuropathic pain phenomena and other sensory abnormalities. Clin J Pain . 2009 Sep;25(7):641-7
[PubMed ID: 19692807]
Sehgal N Dunbar EE Shah RV Colson J Systematic review of diagnostic utility of facet (zygapophysial) joint injections in chronic spinal pain: an update. Pain Physician . 2007 Jan;10(1):213-28
[PubMed ID: 17256031]
Sehgal N Shah RV McKenzie-Brown AM Everett CR Diagnostic utility of facet (zygapophysial) joint injections in chronic spinal pain: a systematic review of evidence. Pain Physician . 2005 Apr;8(2):211-24
[PubMed ID: 16850075]
Gordon DB Sehgal N Schroeder ME Cleary J Treatment of pain crisis at end of life from severe lower extremity venous outflow obstruction with hyperalgesia and allodynia. J Pain . 2002 Jun;3(3):244-8
[PubMed ID: 14622779]