Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.* Chronic pain can cripple the body, mind and spirit. Long-time sufferers may withdraw from activities that once gave them joy, and become depressed, defeated, angry and helpless.
The Pain Wellness Clinic at NAO is a pain clinic designed for those who are motivated by self-care and interested in all available treatments beyond
medication therapy. We understand that pain is much more than just a physical sensation. It’s a holistic condition, which affects the whole person mentally, behaviorally and spiritually. Our services focus on a comprehensive approach to pain management.

Questions to ask yourself before asking your Primary Care Provider for a referral to this clinic:

  • Am I willing to participate in self-care and self-management?
  • Am I accepting of responsibility to change my life for the better?
  • Am I willing to consider alternative means to pain management beyond medications?

If you answered YES to all three, then this clinic is right for you. We look forward to working with you on a personalized care plan.

What types of patients does this clinic see?

  • NAO’s Pain Wellness Clinic is intended for individuals living with chronic pain.
  • Our patients are motivated to improve quality of life and function.
  • Our patients are motivated to practice self-care and wellness.
  • Our patients want to avoid 100-percent reliance on opioid medications to manage their pain.
  • Some of our patients are currently managing their pain with opioids, but they are willing to put forth effort in utilizing resources and treatment options to achieve less reliance on opioids. These are our star patients!

I currently take opioids for pain. Can I be seen in the Pain Wellness Clinic?

Yes, but only if:

  • There is no illicit drug, alcohol and/or prescribed THC use during treatment at our clinic.
  • You give your commitment to taper down, if you are on high-dose opioids (>120 milliequivalent).
  • You agree to discontinue some of your other controlled substances (anxiety meds, sleeping aids, stimulants, etc.), if used in conjunction with opioids.
  • There are no opioid prescriptions provided to patients on their first visit.

Our pain specialist will discuss requirements with you, in detail, before any care plan is agreed upon.

Reminder: Patients need a referral to visit the Pain Wellness Clinic. Please talk to your Primary Care Provider to learn more. 
(Primary Care Providers, please visit our “For Providers” tab and the link to Pain Wellness Clinic to learn more, or click HERE)
* Source: National Institutes of Health