The Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic offers a full slate of specialist pain management services.
We do consultation, medical management with adjuncts and opioids, minor nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, sympatholytic procedures and other interventional techniques. We have a Pulsed Radio Frequency machine, which we use for facet joint denervation and peripheral neurodestruction.
We have special intervention pain medicine programs in angina pectoris and other syndromes. We also provide IMS and acupuncture. 'Life Despite Pain' is our long-term outpatient program in which refractory patients interested in improving functionality without necessarily reducing pain intensity are co-managed by medicine, nursing and psychiatry in the biopsychosocial paradigm.
Our psychologist sees patients in individual and group consultation on a referral basis from one of the physicians.
We provide interventional pain management services to the local palliative care team.
We also act as consultants in the management of complex perioperative pain - particularly those who have high opioid requirements - for the University of Alberta Hospital's Acute Pain Service.
The clinic is open five days a week. We see about 450 new patients a year and do about 2,500 follow-up visits.