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United Pain Center

Pain Center lobby

To contact us with questions or to make an appointment, please
call 651-241-7246
Fax: 651-241-7272

A program of:


A chronic pain treatment clinic

United Pain Center is a hospital-based outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach for individuals experiencing chronic pain.

Members of the treatment team include anesthesiologists, physicians specializing in pain management, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologist, biofeedback therapist, acupuncturist, social worker and registered nurses.

The staff team works together with patients to reduce their pain and improve the level at which they function.

Clinic hours

Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Prescription pickup hours

Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our pain management services include biofeedback.

To contact us with questions or to make an appointment, please
call 651-241-7246
Fax: 651-241-7272

Pain management services

We have many different resources available to help manage your pain. Which resources your treatment plan could include depend on your particular diagnosis and symptoms.
  • diagnostic and therapeutic injections, such as nerve blocks and epidural steroid injections
  • consultative evaluation
  • medication management
  • biofeedback ?
  • psychological assessment and support
  • acupuncture ?
  • inpatient pain management

Common types of pain problems treated

  • spine care
  • myofascial pain ?
  • neuropathic pain ?
  • shingles pain ?
  • headache ?
  • complex regional pain syndrome (RSD) ?
  • cancer pain ?
  • complex chronic pain problems ?
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Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a method used to measure and report biological information about a person so he or she can consciously control normally unconscious body functions.

Learn more about biofeedback in our health library.

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Myofascial pain

Myofascial pain, also know as fibromyalgia, is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Learn more about fibromyalgia in our health library.

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Neuropathic pain

Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) to every other part of the body.

Learn more about peripheral neuropathy in our health library or at ninds.nih.gov.

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Shingles pain

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox.

Learn more about shingles in our health library.

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Complex regional pain syndrome or RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as RSD, is a chronic pain condition. The key symptom of CRPS is continuous, intense pain out of proportion to the severity of the injury, which gets worse rather than better over time.

Learn more about complex regional pain syndrome in our health library or at ninds.nih.gov.

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Headache

A headache is pain or discomfort in the head. There are different kinds of headaches.

Learn more about headaches in our health library.

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Cancer pain

Cancer pain is an unpleasant feeling and emotional experience related to cancer.

Learn more about managing cancer pain without medicine (non-pharmacological) and with medicine (pharmacological) in our health library.

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Chronic pain

Chronic pain is pain that persists or grows worse over a long period of time.

Learn about chronic pain management in our health library.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of an ancient medical system called traditional Chinese medicine.

An acupuncturist, a person who has special training, gently inserts fine, sterile acupuncture needles through your skin to help promote health and treat illness or pain.

Learn more about acupuncture in our health library.

United Pain Center Pre-Procedure Reminders-Please Read

To contact us with questions or to make an appointment, please
call 651-241-7246
Fax: 651-241-7272

  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

  • If you arrive after your scheduled appointment time, you may be asked to reschedule.

  • All patients are required to not eat solid foods or chew gum for six (6) hours prior to the appointment. Clear liquids are encouraged until two (2) hours prior to the appointment. No drinking of any liquids for two (2) hours prior to the appointment.

  • YOU WILL NEED A DRIVER AFTER DISCHARGE. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Blood thinning medication instructions: if you take blood thinning medication, you must check with your prescribing physician about going off of them prior to your appointment. If you have had recent cardiac stent placement, you may not be able to stop blood thinners.

  • To perform spine injections safely it is advised that you be off of blood thinning medication for a certain number of days: Plavix 7 days prior, Lovenox 24 hours prior, Fragmin 24 hours prior, Xarelto 72 hours prior, Ticlid 14 days prior. For Coumadin (Warfarin), you must be off 5 days prior and obtain an INR before the appointment. For Trental 14 days prior. For Effient (Prasugrel) 7 days prior. For Eliquis (Apixaban) 2 days prior and no INR needed. For Pradaxa, you must be off for 5 days prior to injection and have a PTT checked before the appointment. If taking daily aspirin greater than 325mg (for cervical epidural injections only) stop taking it 7 days before procedure. If you are taking any other blood thinners not listed above, please call United Pain Center Patient Care Line.

  • Please inform us if you have Diabetes.

  • You may take your heart, blood pressure, and pain medications as prescribed with a small sip of water the morning of your procedure and bring these medications to the appointment.

  • Call the PATIENT CARE LINE: 651-241-7365 with any questions.

These instructions are for your safety. Failure to follow will result in cancellation of your procedure.

You’re hurting. We want to work with you to reduce the impact of pain in your life.

United Pain Center is a hospital-based outpatient clinic that provides comprehensive services for individuals experiencing pain. The clinic offers a variety of interventions, including injection therapies, pain medication management, psychological assessment and support, biofeedback and acupuncture.

At United Pain Center, we can help eliminate or reduce your pain. There are times, though, when it is not realistic to expect pain to completely go away. When this is the case, you still have options. Our staff can teach you techniques that are useful in managing your pain, so the pain doesn’t manage your life.

We diagnose and treat all types of pain on an outpatient basis. Chronic pain conditions may include headaches, neck and back pain, repetitive injuries or pain due to cancer or trauma. We also treat some types of acute pain, such as post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles).

Meet our care team

Tama Almquist, Lac, MTOM, BAN, CRRN, Acupuncturist

Una Edwardson, CNP

Cindy Heppner, Biofeedback Therapist

Todd Hess, MD, Medical Director

Sharon Momanyi, CNP

Sena Kihtir, MD

Angelito Sajor, MD

Robert Tolles, PhD, LP