Pain Management

Overview

Lovelace Health System offers pain assessment, interventional pain management services by physician specialists and referrals for outpatient therapies when needed. Our goal is to provide our patients with healing-oriented medicine with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and a partnership between the patient and practitioner to provide our patients the chance of an active and rewarding life. 

Conditions

  • back pain
  • chronic pain
  • cancer pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • diabetic neuropathy
  • phantom limb pain
  • shoulder and joint pain
  • spinal stenosis

Treatments

  • caudal injections
  • cervical, thoracic and lumbar epidural steroid injections
  • joint injections
  • massage therapy
  • nerve block injections
  • paravertebral facet injections
  • pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • peripheral nerve blocks
  • physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • radio frequency ablation
  • sacroiliac joint injections
  • spinal cord stimulation
  • trigger point injections

Additional Outpatient Services

  • aquatics
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • pre-employment, worksite and ergonomic evaluations 
  • speech therapy

To make a new patient appointment, please call 505.727.2727

PM&R

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a field of medicine that helps people of all ages with serious injuries and disabilities imporve their function and quality of life. PM&R physicians, also known as Physiatrists, diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Physiatrists may also work with other physicians, which may include primary care physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and many others, ensuring extensive patient care. 

Our physicians are dedicated to helping patients with the following conditions:

  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Multiple Orthopedic Injury
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Nerve Conditions 
  • Spasticity 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

PM&R Physicians use the following treatments and procedures:

  • Disability and impairment assessment
  • Discography, disc decompression and vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty
  • EMG/nerve conduction studies
  • Fluoroscopy guided procedures
  • Manual medicine/osteopathic treatment 
  • Medico-legal consulting
  • Nerve and muscle biopsy
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Spasticity treatment
  • Ultrasound guided procedures

To make an appointment, please call 505.727.7177

Locations

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital,
Pain Clinic

500 Walter Street NE, Suite 213
Albuquerque, NM 87102
505.727.7177

Lovelace Women's Hospital,
Pain Clinic

101 Hospital Loop Dr., Suite 109
Albuquerque, NM 87109
505.727.4400

To make an appointment, please call 505.727.1515

Click on a Doctor to View More Information

Nancy C. Cutter, M.D., P.T.

Melissa A. Merhege

Melissa A. Merhege, M.S., M.D.

Julie A. Muché, M.D.

William Evan Rivers

William Evan Rivers, D.O, FAAPMR