Pain Management Program: Outpatient Clinic

The outpatient Pain Management Clinic is located in B3-030 (Central Registration Desk) at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The outpatient Pain Management Clinic at St Joseph's Hospital provides diagnosis and treatment for adults who have experienced persistent non-cancer-related pain for more than six months. Examples of common conditions seen at the clinic include back pain, neck pain, arthritis, neuropathic (nerve) pain, and pelvic pain.

One of our areas of clinical expertise, and research, is neuropathic pain including conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, and post-surgical nerve pain. Another focus is interventional treatment of chronic back pain including epidural steroids, nerve root injections, and radiofrequency denervation of facet joints, often responsible for chronic neck and back pain.

Treatments offered

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Nerve blocks with ultrasound or X-ray guidance
  • Intravenous Infusions
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablation to treat neck and back pain
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation and exercise plans
  • Patient education

Goals of treatment

It may not be possible to cure the underlying reason for the chronic pain but through a combination of treatments the patient's quality of life and functioning may be improved significantly. For each patient, an individualized treatment plan is created that will be co-managed by the family doctor. Our goal is to return patients to the care of their family doctor in their community once this plan of care has been determined. We also partner with several community clinics in and around London to whom we may transfer care.

Confirming your appointment

The doctor who referred you to the Pain Management Clinic will receive notification of your appointment and will inform you of the appointment. You must confirm the appointment at the Pain Management Clinic one week in advance. Confirmation of your appointment can be left at 519-646-6019 ext.2 at any time of day. Due to the high number of referrals to this clinic and long wait times, confirmation of your appointment is important.

Your first appointment

  • Please allow 2 hours for your first appointment.
  • Please bring the following with you to your appointment:
    • Your health card and all WSIB information if applicable.
    • An accurate list of all the medications you are currently using.
    • The completed questionnaire that would have been provided to you prior to your arrival.
    • A driver as treatment may be provided and you may not be able to drive yourself home.

What else we do

In partnership with Western University, the St. Joseph's Pain Management Clinic trains physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and physiotherapists.

There is a pressing need for ongoing pain research given that persistent pain is a growing health problem affecting approximately 1 in 5 Canadians, even higher in those over 60 year of age. All health disciplines are involved in ongoing research in areas of drug treatment trials, device trials, outcome assessments and psychologic approaches.

Last updated: Tue, 2013-10-01 12:55