Pain Management

Managing Patients' Chronic Pain in San Diego

How to find pain relief and regain control of your life through pain management.

Managing Patients' Chronic Pain in San Diego

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Many times, pain originates as a result of an injury or illness. Chronic pain from persistent illness, acute pain arising from a specific trauma to the body, as well as pain sensations that linger behind after the originating problem has been treated or disappears can affect the quality of life and disrupt daily life.


Our pain management programs are designed to help patients find relief and regain control of their lives. Relief is achieved through a combination of comprehensive based treatments, research, education and advocacy.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a serious problem than can greatly affect your quality of life. At Scripps, our pain management programs take a multidisciplinary approach to addressing chronic pain from persistent illness; acute pain arising from a specific trauma or surgery; and pain sensations that linger after the originating problem has been treated.

Pain management team

Our comprehensive pain management programs bring together anesthesiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physical therapists , clinical psychologists, and other medical professionals to treat not just the source of your chronic or acute pain, but other symptoms caused by pain including:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Memory difficulties
  • Sleep problems
  • Stomach problems
  • Stress

Surgical options for chronic pain

For some patients with chronic pain, surgery offers a chance for relief that is unavailable through other treatments. At Scripps, our neurosurgeons and chronic pain specialists will create a treatment plan tailored to your pain management needs. Pain management surgery can alleviate chronic pain associated with a wide variety of disorders including trigeminal neuralgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and post-laminectomy pain syndromes.


Surgical treatments include:


  • Percutaneous glycerol rhizotomies
    A severing of selected nerve roots that are causing pain
  • Microvascular decompression (MVD)
    A barrier is surgically placed between a nerve in the brain and the blood vessel that is compressing it
  • Epidural motor cortex stimulation
    The stimulation of the motor cortex through electrodes placed within the skull
  • Gamma Knife radiosurgery and access to CyberKnife radiosurgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator implants
  • Implantable drug pumps

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