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Pain Management

If you are struggling with chronic pain, UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center is here to help. We are committed to helping patients improve their quality of life and restore their ability to function.

Each of our board-certified anesthesiologists have received specialized training in pain management and are able to use this experience to help determine the patient’s source of pain and customize a treatment plan. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to target pain in various ways from more conservative options to interventional procedures.

Our services are complemented by physical therapists, specialized pain psychologists and clinical pharmacists to address all aspects of a patient’s pain.

Types of Pain Treated

  • Chronic back pain
  • Cervical neck pain, "whiplash"
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Herpetic and post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Disc pain, facet and nerve root pain
  • Cancer related pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical and failed back syndrome
  • Post-traumatic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries
  • Acute exacerbations of chronic pain syndromes

Types of Treatment


Because each patient's needs are unique, we offer innovative clinical techniques for treating an array of painful conditions, including:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Behavior modification
  • Relaxation techniques and biofeedback
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Psychological evaluation and treatment
  • Other clinically proven, evidence based alternatives

We also provide the expertise to implement a wide range of medical and surgical interventions both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Specifically, these include:

  • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal epidural steroid injections
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Continuous infusion catheters (peripheral nerve, epidural, and intrathecal)
  • Sympathetic ganglia nerve blocks such as sphenopalatine, cervicothoracic, lumbar sympathetic, celiac plexus, superior and inferior hypogastric, and impar ganglia
  • Intra-articular facet injections
  • Medial branch blocks (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar)
  • Radio frequency thermocoagulation (cervical, thoracic, and lumbar)
  • Neurolytic procedures for peripheral nerves
  • Trigger point injections
  • Discography
  • Neuromodulation techniques with implantable technology for peripheral or central nervous system (intrathecal pumps or spinal cord stimulation)
  • Psychological evaluation and therapy

 

Your Care Team

At UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center, you have a complete team of health care professionals, working closely with your physician. The team includes: 

Clinical Pain Psychologists:

Amy Goetzinger, PhD

Seema Patidar, PhD

Clinical Pharmacists:

Lauren McKnight, PharmD, CPP, BCACP

Jane Giang, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, CPP

Physicians:

Manoj Bobby Wunnava, MD, MBA

Brooke Chidgey, MD

Dominika James, MD

Andrew Lobonc, MD

Matthew Mauck, MD 

Justin Rountree, MD

Administration:

Ashley Arey, MHA
Clinic Business Operations Manager

Stephanie Crossgrove
Administrative Coordinator

For more information, call the UNC Hospitals Pain Management Center at (984) 974-6688.

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