Center for Pain Medicine


Acute Pain Services

The Acute Pain Services at the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital deliver comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for individuals with postoperative or post-traumatic pain, and treat conditions such as arthritis, back pain and joint pain.

The Acute Pain Services at the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital provide inpatient and outpatient services to assist you with postoperative or post-traumatic pain relief.

We offer a range of therapies and work collaboratively with you to create a treatment program and deliver care tailored to your specific needs. Our therapies include:

  • Specialized interventions, such as epidural injections
  • Lumbar punctures
  • Continuous peripheral nerve blockades
  • Medication management
  • Epidural blood patches
  • Ultrasound-guided nerve blocks

Inpatient Services

Our doctors work closely with surgeons and care teams throughout Mass General to help you recover from surgery. Pain management is an important part of recovery and is instrumental in reducing the amount of time that you may stay in the hospital.

The Acute Pain Services at Mass General is staffed 24 hours a day. We follow you after surgery and work with your doctor to adjust your treatment plan as necessary. If you need additional pain care after leaving the hospital, you are seen in our outpatient clinic. Our goal is to treat your pain at all phases of your recovery.
If you have experienced trouble with pain after previous surgeries, our doctors can meet with you prior to your surgery to discuss your condition and pain management options. You can contact us at 617-726-8810 to set up an appointment, but you will need your physician’s referral first.

Outpatient ServicesThe Acute Pain Services has outpatient clinics in Boston and Waltham. Acute pain is pain that has been present for less than 12 weeks, and we treat patients who come to us with or without a diagnosed condition. Our care team reviews each case through a multidisciplinary approach and will recommend a treatment plan that may include a range of options from medication management to physical therapy to minimally invasive procedures. 

Preoperative Consultation

Your surgeon may recommend that you consult with our care team prior to surgery. During this consultation, we conduct a physical examination and review your medical history. Please complete the new patient questionnaire (PDF) before your visit. We ask that you bring a list of medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you take, along with information on dosages. Additionally, please bring any medical records, CDs of images, consultation notes, and notes on previous treatments and their effectiveness. We use this information at the time of your first visit to get a complete picture of you and your overall condition in order to develop an appropriate pain management plan.

Treatment options, including risks and benefits, are discussed in detail. We work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

Appointments and Referrals

You must have a referral from your physician in order to schedule an appointment at our outpatient clinics. Once your appointment is scheduled, please fill out the new patient questionnaire (PDF) and bring it and any other records with you. 
For Referring Physicians

To refer your patients to our center, please complete a new patient referral form (PDF) and fax it to 617-726-3441. Our goal is to follow up with you within 24 hours of a referral request and to contact your patient within 48 hours to schedule an appointment. Your patient will need to complete a new patient questionnaire (PDF) prior to his/her visit. This questionnaire will help us evaluate your patient and develop an appropriate pain management plan.

Research and Innovation

As an academic medical center, Mass General invests in research to better understand disease and develop innovative approaches to prevention and treatment. In addition to seeing patients, doctors within the Center for Pain Medicine conduct research on pain management options to further develop the field of pain medicine. 

There are a number of clinical trials available to assess the effectiveness of treating various pain conditions. We are currently seeking interested and qualified patients to participate in our clinical trials. Learn more

For more information, contact Katharine Koury, clinical research coordinator, at 617-643-7095.

Mass General Difference

The Acute Pain Services care team comprises physicians who are defining the field of pain medicine. Our doctors conduct well-known innovative research on methods to improve pain management, serve in leadership positions at relevant medical societies, speak at national and international conferences, publish frequently and teach courses on trends in pain medicine.

Mass General is consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our ranking is based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit.


Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.

Back and Neck Pain

Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back that restrict mobility. Neck pain is pain that occurs in the area of the seven cervical vertebrae in the neck area.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain, to persistent, severe, disabling pain in the lower back. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.


Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a pain that originates along the sciatic nerve, which extends from the back of the pelvis down the back of the thigh.

Center for Pain Medicine

Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Suite 340
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-8810
Fax: 617-726-3441

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

We are also located at:

Mass General West
Center for Pain Medicine
Specialty Suite, Third Floor
40 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-726-8810
Fax: 617-726-3441

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