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.
Unless your physician refers you to the Pain Management Center to
undergo a specific procedure or series of procedures, you will be
scheduled to undergo a comprehensive evaluation.
During this evaluation, members of the multidisciplinary team will
conduct a full physical and psychological assessment of your
condition, including a review of your medical records, and X-rays. In
some cases, supplemental diagnostic tests may be necessary to further
pinpoint the cause of your pain. (We will, however, avoid unnecessary
duplication of tests wherever possible.) We usually ask that you bring
a spouse, relative or close friend to the evaluation.
Once the evaluation has been completed, the Pain Management team
will hold a multidisciplinary conference to determine whether or not
treatment at Stanford holds potential benefits for you, and to develop
and individualized treatment plan. (Approximately 2/3 of all patients
are found to be appropriate candidates for treatment at Stanford.)
Your primary physician will be invited to attend this conference.
Following this conference, you will receive a letter from the Pain
Management Center regarding your potential treatment at the Stanford program.
Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, held a key leadership role in developing the NIH Health and Human Services National Pain Strategy. Dr. Mackey also served as co-chair of the committee that produced the National Pain Strategy report.
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