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Division of Pain Medicine 

The Pain Medicine Division at The University of New Mexico Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine offers interventional pain medicine services to New Mexicans from all walks of life. We strive to provide compassionate and comprehensive services to reduce pain, promote coping strategies, and improve function and the quality of life.

Faculty members encourage active involvement of patients in their treatment and tailor therapies to individual needs. Such therapy may include a combination of various pain medications, adjunctive medications, interventional therapies, psychological support, and physical therapy. The UNM Pain Consultation and Treatment Center recently consolidated interventional and non-interventional modalities under the umbrella of the Clinical Neurosciences Center. Patients are surveyed about their level of satisfaction, and the results are continuously used to drive process improvement initiatives

Palliative Care

Palliative care is a medical field that aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing serious or life threatening illness. Palliative care anesthesiologists use their specialized knowledge of pain medication and surgical procedures to help relieve suffering in patients with complex illnesses.

The Palliative Care consultation team at UNMH consists of specialized physicians, advanced practice nurses, a social worker, a chaplain and Arts-in-Medicine who work together with the primary medical team to help patients and families control symptoms and help understand treatment options and goals. The team also helps educate current and future clinicians in caring for patients with complex illnesses.

Interventional Pain Procedures

  • Lumbar and cervical epidural steroid injections
  • Epidural blood patch
  • Lumbar selective nerve root block
  • Cervical selective nerve root block (diagnostic only)
  • Lumbar and cervical facet blocks
  • Lumbar and cervical radiofrequency ablation
  • Sacroiliac joint injection
  • Sacroiliac joint radiofrequency ablation
  • Lumbar and cervical discogram
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Ganglion impar block
  • Stellate ganglion block
  • Superior hypogastric block
  • Celiac plexus block
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Hip injection
  • Intercostal nerve blocks
  • Trigger point injections
  • Advanced analgesic techniques
  • Spinal cord stimulation (trial and implant)
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (trial and implant)
  • Intrathecal therapy for cancer related pain (trial and pump implant)

Pain Conditions

  • Back pain with/without radicular pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Complex regional pain syndromes
  • Myofascial pain
  • Neck pain with/without radicular pain
  • Cancer-related pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Pelvic and abdominal pain