Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center at Stanford Health Care offers a comprehensive range of services for patients with acute or chronic pain. Through the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists, Stanford offers the most advanced treatment options currently available, in a supportive, compassionate environment.

Pain Management Center
450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-723-6238 Getting Here
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450 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 650-723-6238 Getting Here

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Care and Treatment


Pain is a complex medical problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental well-being. Our goal is to help you decrease your level of pain and suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life. Your physician may refer you to the Pain Management Center for evaluation, for one or more specific procedures, or for ongoing treatment. 

Individualized treatment plan: The treatment plan developed by the Pain Management team will be specially tailored to your condition and degree of pain, your needs and your personal objectives. Your treatment plan may include a single approach, or a combination of different types of therapies: medical therapies, including both medications and special procedures; psychological therapies; and rehabilitation therapies.

Duration of care: The duration of the treatment plan will vary from patient to patient, depending on the particular complexity and combination of treatments prescribed. On average, most patients will be in treatment for a period of approximately three to six months. During this time, you may need to allocate approximately three hours per week for treatments at the Pain Management Center.

Throughout the duration of your treatment at the Pain Management Center, we will remain in contact with your primary physician to keep him/her apprised of your progress.

Treatment options  

Epidural steroid injections

Types of injections of corticosteroid medications into the area around the spinal nerves (epidural space) to reduce inflammation of the nerve and disc. Options include caudal epidural, interlaminar epidural, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural.

Intrathecal programmable pump placement

An implanted medical device to deliver medication directly into spinal fluid to provide relief from chronic pain, including severe spasticity of spinal cord origin.

Temporary epidural catheter

A temporary tube placed into the epidural space in your spine, allowing for the injection of pain management medication for a defined period of time, typically less than two weeks.

Gasserian ganglion block

This procedure administers a dose of local anesthetics directly to the bundle of nerves that supply sensation to the face and scalp.

Intravenous lidocaine infusion

An intravenous infusion of lidocaine and related medications to help manage certain types of pain. 

Psychological therapy

Pain can hinder a normal, productive life. Psychological evaluation and treatment can help individuals develop specific skills to cope pain and increase their quality of life.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy may include a regimen of exercise, tissue manipulation, and other treatments focused on maximizing function in specific body parts to help relieve pain.

Peripheral nerve block

Depending on the location of the pain, a nerve block is used to diagnose and/or manage pain for a variety of conditions.

Occipital nerve block

An intravenous procedure to administer medication into the back of the head.

Hypogastric plexus block

The administration of pain killing medication near the collection of nerves located near the lower part of your abdomen, to relieve chronic pelvic pain.

Intrathecal catheter placement

An implanted device which allows pain medication to be delivered directly into the intrathecal space in the spine.

Implanted epidural portal

An implanted port, which allows pain medication to be injected into the epidural space of the spine over a longer-term, ongoing period.

Brachial plexus block

An injection of a dose of local anesthetic into the neck, above the collarbone or into the upper arm, for treatment of chronic arm and shoulder pain.

Spinal cord stimulation

A procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain in the back, arms or legs by sending electrical pulses to the spinal cord.


Medications are used to reduce the build of pressure in the heart and help regulate your heartbeat.

Occupational therapy 

Occupational therapy focuses on a range of techniques to enable patients to return to work or a normal daily routine.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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New patients, bring your completed New Patient Questionnaire.

International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561

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For Health Care Professionals


Phone: 1-866-742-4811
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.


Mail or fax a completed consultation request form with relevant clinic notes and diagnostic study results to:

Stanford University Pain Management Center
450 Broadway Street (MC 5340)
Redwood City, CA 94063

Fax: 650-320-9443

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