The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management strives to treat the whole person, not just the physical symptoms of pain. Our trained providers take the time to figure out the underlying causes of your pain and develop an integrative and individualized plan to target the affected area and improve your quality of life. Self-referrals are accepted: 855-988-2273.
The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management was formed to develop a better way to treat pain in the midst of a serious opioid epidemic. Our integrative approach combines the latest medical treatments with individual and group behavioral therapy, nutritional counseling with a registered dietitian, movement therapy with an exercise physiologist, and natural treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. Increasing data shows that these non-pharmacological therapies are effective for treating acute and chronic pain.
All of our pain management services are conveniently located at the Van Voorhis Drive clinic in Suncrest. The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management is a division of the Department of Neurosurgery and part of the WVU Medicine Spine Center at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Conditions We Treat
WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management providers treat all forms of acute and chronic pain, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Cancer pain
- Cervicogenic headache (and other head pain)
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated disc
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Myofascial pain (chronic muscular pain)
- Neck pain
- Neuropathy (nerve disease causing numbness or weakness)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Sacroilitis (inflammation of sacroiliac joint(s)
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Tension headache
Evaluation and Treatment
All patients will go through our intake process (see our new patient information guide), and our team will construct an individualized treatment plan to help you through your pain management journey. We provide both opioid and non-opioid pain management and a variety of treatment options to help you return to a state of well-being with measurable pain improvement. Your treatment plan may include a combination of different therapies, including:
- Behavioral medicine
- Chiropractic medicine
- Massage therapy
- Movement therapy
- Nutritional counseling
- Spinal cord stimulation
If your provider determines that you would benefit from pain injections, we offer a variety of traditional injection methods, including:
- Epidural corticosteroid injections
- Nerve blocks
- Celiac plexus (treats pain associated with nerves in abdomen)
- Diagnostic facet (determines if your back pain is caused by facet joints)
- Lumbar sympathetic (treats pain in the lower back)
- Therapeutic facet (addresses back pain caused by facet joints)
- Stellate ganglion (affects pain caused by nerves in the neck)
- Trigger point injection
- Sacroiliac joint injection
- Rhizotomy (radiofrequency waves and heat destroy problematic nerves)
Pain Management Resources
Monday – Friday
8 am – 4:30 pm
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Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites, commonly referred to as acupuncture points or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, or cupping.
We know that pain is experienced in the brain, and stress can make the experience of pain worse or more difficult to handle. A treatment that helps you cope with pain and stress can make your pain more manageable. There are a number of strategies patients can use to improve their pain and ability to cope with pain. The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management offers both individual and group therapy to our patients, along with managing high-risk chronic opioid use patients.
Chiropractic care is a healthcare profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractors often combine joint manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and therapeutic exercises to improve function and decrease pain.
Dietitian services focus on weight management for pain relief and how the diet can impact pain. You can attend nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian, who will teach portion control and moderation and will serve as a personal motivator and resource throughout your weight-loss journey. We focus on positive, healthy lifestyle changes that promote lifelong health over short quick-fix diets. We don’t just counsel for weight loss; we take the entire patient into consideration, helping him/her to manage his/her weight in relation to other health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, or chronic kidney disease. During the counseling session, you will receive a personalized weight-loss plan that meets not only your physical needs but fits your lifestyle as well.
The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management’s on-site registered dietitian is Amanda Pratt, RD, LD.
Movement therapy can result in greater ease and range of movement; increased balance, strength, and flexibility; improved muscle tone and coordination; joint resiliency; pain relief; and relief of rheumatic, neurological, spinal, stress, and many other issues. In our Movement Therapy Room, we provide functional movement assessments, individualized rehabilitation plans for patients, instruction on at-home exercise programs, and informative sessions on the benefits of exercise in relation to pain and overall health. Modalities and therapeutic exercise will be used to improve strength, stability, flexibility, range of motion, postural control, and enforce proper movement patterns.
Exercise Physiologist Julianne Speeney will help you get moving.
Massage therapy is a therapeutic form of treatment that can provide a number of benefits to patients with acute or chronic pain. We offer medical massage therapy, which concentrates on a medical diagnosis, as part of the patient’s overall treatment plan. The focus of this type of massage is measurable and functional outcomes for the patient. Massage therapy can help ease pain in several different ways, including increasing blood flow to sore, stiff muscles and joints. It has also been shown to increase relaxation, emotional well-being, ability to sleep, ability to move, and ability to participate in other therapies. Often, pain is accompanied by symptoms of depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping, and massage therapy is a proven option to help manage these difficult conditions.
Licensed Massage Therapist Ray Lemansky performs medical massages on site.
Consultation Request for Physicians
Fax number: 304-598-2602
When faxing a new patient consultation request to the Pain Management Center, please include the following information:
- a completely filled out request form
- a copy of the report for the patient’s most recent MRI, CT scan, or x-rays pertaining to the reason for the request
- a letter of introduction and reason for the request (what you would like us to do, i.e., epidural, nerve root block, or specific request)
- a copy of the patient’s current insurance cards
- Please obtain authorization or pre-certification as required by insurance prior to sending consultation request.
Sending this information with the request will help us get the patient scheduled in a timely manner. We do not accept patients for the sole purpose of narcotic prescription.