Pain management

Duke pain experts alleviate your chronic pain using a combination of advanced treatments. Whether your pain is a symptom of aging, disease or injury, or the cause is undetermined, we provide solutions to help you find long-term relief from debilitating pain.

Multifaceted approach to pain relief

Our team specializes in the disease of pain from every source. We offer you relief whether you experience chronic back pain, pain from injury, from cancer, nerve-related discomfort, or other source. Our skilled specialists include neurologists, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and psychologists who work with you to create a personalized pain management plan.

We offer the full realm of pain relief treatments, including medication, physical therapy, steroid injections, biofeedback and more. If you require more advanced techniques, we have the training, skill and experience to perform a variety of nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation and radiofrequency ablation. Our goal is to understand your condition, and recommend the most effective treatments to alleviate your pain quickly and consistently. 

Choose Duke for the treatment of your pain because we offer:

  • Patient-focused care. Living with chronic pain affects body, mind and spirit. We consider the big picture and fix more than just aches and pains -- we treat your whole person using a variety of mind-body techniques.
  • Responsible medication management. If medications like morphine and other opiates are recommended, we offer ongoing counseling and guidance to avoid the risk of addiction or overdose. We also provide advanced options for drug delivery that limit the side effects, including intrathecal pump therapy which minimizes the dose needed by delivering the medicine directly to the source of your pain.
  • Seamless referrals. If the source of your pain is a condition or injury is treatable, you have access to Duke’s highly skilled surgeons and orthopaedists.
  • More alternatives for treatment. Through Duke's wellness programs, you have access to options like acupuncture, meditation and yoga to help you cope with the pain and anxiety associated with persistent pain.
  • Open communication. You are the most important member of your team, We ensure you and your caregivers are well informed about your treatment options, as well as any associated side effects.
  • Specialized care for veterans. Because our team of providers includes ex-military personnel who understand the unique pain challenges facing veterans, many soldiers from Fort Bragg Army base choose us for their care.
  • Access to clinical trials. You may be eligible to participate in clinical trials that are evaluating novel treatments for pain relief. This gives you access to options that are not widely available.
  • Palliative careThe debilitating effects of serious illness are often magnified by physical, mental and spiritual pain and suffering. Our palliative care experts partner with you, your family, and your medical team to help you find relief.



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