Santa Monica Pain Management Center
Pain---as anyone who has experienced it will attest---takes a daily toll on one's physical and psychological health. The source of chronic pain can, at times, be elusive to diagnose, and may require a team of experts to accurately diagnose and treat.
Welcome to the UCLA Pain Management Center. Our mission is to offer a multidisciplinary approach to improve the quality of lives of those patients with pain. Physicians at our center are board-certified in pain management and work closely with UCLA specialists in anesthesiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychology/psychiatry, and oncology to provide patient-centered care for a wide variety of chronic medical pain conditions, including cancer pain, neck, thoracic, and low back pain, as well as myofascial pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post-herpetic neuralgia, abdominal pain, and pelvic pain. The program employs state-of-the-art approaches to procedural and implantable techniques as well as bio-behavioral therapies and complementary medicine methods. In many cases, patients are invited to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials that may not be available elsewhere.
Patients are seen in the clinic and the procedure facility is conveniently located across the street at the UCLA/Santa Monica Medical Center. We offer a variety of interventional and non-interventional treatment approaches including:
- Comprehensive pain evaluation
- Fluoroscopic-guided interventional procedures
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Neural blockade procedures
- Chemical neurolysis
- Implantation of spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pumps
- Medication management with pharmacological therapy
- Extensive referral network for acupuncture, biofeedback, physical and occupational therapy, and addiction medicine.
In addition to clinical care, the UCLA Pain Management Center graduates four fellows each year from our highly acclaimed pain medicine fellowship, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Anesthesiology residents also rotate monthly through the Center and become familiar with diagnostic and therapeutic management of chronic pain conditions.