New Pain Clinic Location Offers Alternatives to Opioid Treatment
Madison, Wisconsin - One of the fastest-growing clinics within UW Health is moving to larger quarters as patients seek alternatives to opioids for the management of pain.
UW Health’s Pain Management Clinic has nearly tripled the number of its practitioners since its inception in 2014. The clinic is now moving to a new location at the Arboretum Clinic, 1102 S. Park St.
With the significantly larger space, more people will have access to pain management without the use of opioids, according to Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed, clinic director and assistant professor of anesthesiology at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
As Wisconsin faces a significant challenge in combating opioid addiction – as evidenced by Gov. Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse– better access to non-opioid pain treatments is growing in importance.
“Patients have many options today for pain management, including physical therapy, pain psychology, addiction counseling, lifestyle groups, medications and interventional procedures,” Abd-Elsayed said. “These strategies, from many disciplines, can be excellent alternatives to opioids.”
The program was created with five practitioners in a 6,000-square-foot space, and has grown to 12 practitioners – with plans to hire more – in the new 16,000-square-foot location, Abd-Elsayed said.
The new clinic, which opened this week, will allow for dedicated procedure rooms, faster care to patients, larger rooms for family office visits, more equipment to help patients with disabilities, and much more.
While the pain clinic’s previous location at the UW Health East Clinic on E. Terrace Drive, will close, the two satellite clinics will continue at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston, and at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital, Prairie du Sac.
The Arboretum Pain Management Clinic’s operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are necessary, and referral is needed. Appointments can be scheduled by calling, (608) 263-9550.
Clinic services include:
- Medication management
- Interventional treatments
- Pain psychology
- Support groups
- Addiction counseling
- For a detailed list of services, please visit: uwhealth.org/pain-program
Date Published: 01/19/2017