Pain Management


Pain specialists in New Mexico

The pain management doctors at Lovelace Health System provide compassionate care and treatment for patients who have acute and chronic pain symptoms. Our locations provide pain care to patients across all of New Mexico.

We take pride in our professional treatment methods. This includes an accurate assessment and diagnosis while offering practical and appropriate rehabilitation plans. Our goal is to provide comprehensive treatment for patients suffering from various types of acute and chronic pain. As part of this, our pain management specialists work with you to learn how to function productively while increasing your strength, endurance, and flexibility.

If you are experiencing pain, ask your doctor for a referral. For more information, please call 505-727-2727


Our pain clinic locations

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital Pain Clinic

Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital Pain Clinic 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.

Pain conditions we treat

  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Shoulder and joint pain
  • Spinal stenosis

Pain treatments we offer

  • 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
  • Radiofrequency 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

Lovelace Women's Hospital Pain Clinic

Lovelace Women’s Hospital Pain Clinic focuses on women’s special pain needs. We treat pain conditions including back, shoulder, and joint pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, cancer pain, vertebrae compression fractures, phantom limb pain, spinal stenosis, and more. We implement healing-oriented medicine with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and a partnership between the patient and the practitioner.

Our Pain Therapy procedures help patients manage their pain through the use of integrative medicine to provide a continuum of care and support for women experiencing pain issues. Services include traditional and specialized therapies such as:

  • Massage therapy
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Physical and occupational rehabilitation
  • Nerve block injections
  • Joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation trial

To make a new patient appointment, please call 505.727.2727

Please note: Some services received in our clinics may be considered hospital-based; therefore, a patient billing statement will be divided into two separate charges, which may include both a facility fee and a provider fee. For questions, please contact our Patient Financial Services office at 505.727.0100 or 866.948.1444 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Patients are responsible for the amount due portion of the statement for patient care services rendered.



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


Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital,
Pain Clinic

500 Walter Street NE, Suite 213
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Lovelace Women's Hospital,
Pain Clinic

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

To make a new patient appointment, please call 505.727.2727

For Providers

To refer a patient to one of our pain clinics, please click the button below to download the referral form.

Click on a provider to view more information

W. Austin Davis, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management

Lyn Dawson, CNP
Pain Management

Ruben Franco, PA-C
Pain Management

Melissa A. Merhege

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

Julie A. Muché, M.D.
Pain Management

Emily Kristine Miller Olson, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management

Richard R. Radecki, M.D.
Pain Management, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Thomas J. Whalen, M.D.
Pain Management