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Conservative Pain Treatments | Physical Therapy, Dry Needling in Albuquerque, NM :: UNM Health System | The University of New Mexico

Your treatment plan at UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center likely will include noninvasive therapies that help you start feeling like yourself again in body and mind.

Physical Therapy for Pain Management

Feel better and move more easily when you regularly practice exercises that you learn during either one-on-one or group physical therapy sessions. You also may benefit from gentle, hands-on manipulation or massage that can ease muscle stiffness and weakness that contributes to pain.

You might be able to better complete exercises and stretches after getting pain-relieving injections or other treatments. Let your physical therapist and other pain management specialists coordinate the best timing for therapy sessions.

Pain Management Bio-feedback

Pain Management Bio-feedback


Biofeedback can help you learn how to relax specific muscles to reduce pain. A therapist places small sensors on your skin to show muscle movement, brain waves, heart rate, sweat gland activity or body temperature. As you work to control your body’s activity, you’ll watch the results in real time until you find the most effective approach to pain relief.

pain management needling

Dry Needling

Dry Needling

In dry needling a specially trained physical therapist places a tiny, thin needle into a trigger point – a sore, tight muscle area. This technique leads to a brief spasm that can ultimately relax the muscle and relieve pain.

Chiropractic Care for Pain Management

A chiropractor uses hands-on techniques or special tools to realign joints or vertebrae that slip out of place and cause pain. Because nerves to your muscles and organs run through the spine, treating misalignment in your back can relieve discomfort elsewhere in your body.

Mental & Behavioral Health Care

Physical and psychological pain often occur together. If you experience behavioral health concerns such as depression, anxiety, relationship challenges or substance abuse, turn to our caring counselors and psychiatrists for guidance. During confidential, one-on-one therapy sessions, you’ll develop tools and strategies to:

  • Improve your mood.
  • Cope with pain in healthy ways.
  • Communicate with friends and family about your condition.
  • Manage stress.

You’ll also want to consider group therapy that provides peer support and opportunities to build friendships.

Pain Management Support Groups

Find encouragement, empathy and advice in support groups that focus on fibromyalgia, mindfulness or art therapy.

Clinical Pharmacy

Medications can make you temporarily feel less pain. To help you get the most benefit from medications, our pharmacist may:

  • Thoroughly review your current prescriptions.
  • Check for medication allergies.
  • Discuss side effects.
  • Adjust doses or prescriptions, if necessary.
  • Order lab tests, when appropriate.

Pain-Relieving Opioid Medications

Your doctor may prescribe pain-relieving opioid medications if other therapies haven’t helped. While these medications are considered safe when used as directed, we’ll provide naloxone with your prescription to treat a possible overdose. UNM Pain Center is one of the only facilities in the country to help ensure your safety by taking this precaution.

Contact Us

Ask your primary care provider to refer you to UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center.

UNM Pain Center
Mail Code: MSC 10 8000
900 Camino De Salud
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Fax: 505-925-7679


Save time at your first appointment by printing and filling out the new patient form [PDF] beforehand and bringing it with you.

Integrative Medicine

Take care of your entire well-being at the UNM Center for Life. You’ll find complementary and alternative services such as meditation, healthy lifestyle programs, tai chi, massage therapy and more. 
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