Pain management

Easing your discomfort so you can take back your life

UW Health offers a comprehensive pain management team that has one goal in mind - a more comfortable you. Whether your pain originates in your back, neck, or nerves or is due to a chronic condition, we can design a customized plan built around your need for relief.
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Overview

No one should live with unmanaged pain

All of us experience pain. Pain can result from an injury, recovery from surgery or medical condition. And it can make life physically and emotionally challenging.

Through Pain Management Services at UW Health, our specialists offer treatments to reduce discomfort and make life easier.

Conditions and treatments

A full range of treatments to help you

There are many types of pain and many ways to treat it.

Whether your discomfort is related to bone, muscle or nerve problems or a health issue like cancer or migraine, we can help to diagnose and manage your pain. We’ll help lessen pain’s impact and put you back in charge of your life.

Conditions we treat

We treat all types of pain. Among the most common are:

  • Arthritis pain

  • Back pain

  • Cancer pain

  • Chronic pain

  • Complex regional pain syndrome

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Joint hypermobility syndrome

  • Medication overuse headache

  • Migraine headaches

  • Myofascial pain

  • Neck pain

  • Nerve (neuropathic) pain

  • Post-surgical pain

Treatments

We use a variety of treatments and services to manage pain. The treatments we recommend will be based on your condition and needs.

  • Advanced pain procedures 

  • Behavioral health care including health psychology

  • Injection procedures

  • IV lidocaine

  • Medication

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Biofeedback and hypnosis

Programs and research

Helping you find relief

Everyone’s pain is unique, so we have unique programs to meet your needs.

In our Pain Management Clinic, we assess and diagnose chronic pain. Then we develop treatment plans to manage that pain. Experts from different specialties work together to help you find relief.

Our Interventional Pain Program uses injections, implantable devices and other treatments to control your pain. Our goal is to help you function better.

Physical and occupational therapists work with you to help you become more comfortable and better able to do the things that matter to you. Our Rehabilitation Program offers personalized exercise programs, hands-on treatments and other therapies.

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Health psychology focuses on the connections between mind, spirit and body. We use many techniques to support you in making lifestyle changes to reduce and manage chronic pain.

Our inpatient pain program serves people who are in the hospital. We care for those recovering from surgery, trauma and other health issues.

We use several tests to diagnose pain and plan treatment. Radiologists and other specialists are often involved in this care.

People with cancer may have sudden or ongoing pain. Cancer doctors, anesthesiologists, palliative care specialists and rehabilitation providers work together to address this discomfort. We place special emphasis on treating pain early, before it becomes more severe.

We are committed to do all we can to quickly treat your child’s pain and discomfort. We use both non-drug techniques as well as medicines to keep your child comfortable. Our staff helps you choose which pain management methods are best for your child.

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Meet our patients

Pain ruled Liz's life 15 years after back surgery, and medication introduced unpleasant side effects. The pain got so bad Liz says she was suicidal, but her life turned around when UW Health pain management doctor Nalini Sehgal, MD, recommended a pain pump to ease Liz's suffering.

Meet our team

Experts to ease your pain

Our team approach helps you receive the best care possible.

Providers from several specialties have roles in managing pain. These include:

  • Anesthesiology 

  • Family medicine

  • Musculoskeletal imaging and intervention 

  • Neurology 

  • Palliative care 

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation 

  • Psychiatry and health psychology

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Locations

Your source for hope, help and better health

Our pain management clinics and programs serve patients at several locations in Madison. We also have clinics in Mauston and Prairie du Sac.

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  • Pain Management Clinic
    • 1102 S. Park Street, 3rd Floor / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-9550
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  • 1 S. Park Clinic - Cancer Pain Clinic
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 422-8000
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  • Madison Surgery Center - Interventional Pain Program
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2990
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  • UW Health Specialty Clinic - Mauston - Pain Management
    • 1040 Division St. / Mauston, WI
    • (608) 847-7355
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  • UW Health Specialty Clinic - Sauk Prairie - Pain Management
    • 250 26th Street, Suite 120 / Prairie du Sac, WI
    • (608) 643-6060
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Patient and support services

Chronic pain resources

These resources can help you learn more about chronic pain and how to cope with it.

Our health psychologists offer several group meetings. These meetings help you learn about managing pain. They also allow you to get support from others dealing with similar challenges.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Living Well Beyond Your Pain

  • Headache Management and Coping Group

  • Lifestyle Skills for Chronic Pain

  • Mind-Body Medicine Group

  • Pain Management and Coping Group

  • Positive Emotions: Creating Resiliency with a Chronic Pain Problem

  • Skills for a Happy Heart

Call (608) 890-6464 or email mjohnson9@uwhealth.org for information and registration.

Related services

More ways we can help

To learn more about other pain-related services at UW Health, visit: