The physician anesthesiologists, nurses, and staff at the UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center are pleased to offer world-class care for patients with painful conditions of all kinds. Our goal is to offer prompt, excellent, evidence-guided care in a patient-centered environment. We have five locations in Southern California so that you may be seen in the clinic most convenient for you, and we offer same-day appointments.
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Patients are welcome to call the clinic location most convenient to them to schedule an appointment. We currently have clinics in Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, and Westwood, and the telephone numbers and addresses may be found at the Our Locations page on this website.
Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may need to obtain authorization before an appointment may be scheduled with one of our physicians. Authorization in advance is usually required by any type of HMO insurance.
Medicare patients must be referred by a physician for pain consultation and treatment services.
Patients with PPO insurance generally do not need to provide insurance authorization or referral from a physician. However, if a patient has not been seen before by a UCLA physician and has no records in the UCLA Health system, we ask for medical records to be sent from the last physician who treated the patient for pain, from the primary care physician, or from any other physician such as a neurologist or surgeon who is referring the patient for pain management.
In the present age, there is no lack of available information. Good, reliable information, though, may be difficult to find. Much of the publicly accessible information on the web suffers from one or more of these critical flaws:
Of these, the problem of bias due to financial interests is likely the most common and the most potentially harmful. The reality is that people and organizations with the most powerful incentives to publish on the web are those that stand to gain financially from your medical decisions. A significant portion of available medical “information” on the Internet is actually a form of advertising by commercial enterprises.
On this website, you will find material on many of the types of conditions we treat, and on the procedures performed by our physicians. The links to further information have all been carefully checked for accuracy by our physicians.
You may also find unbiased information in these Internet locations:
Online message boards and forum discussions may be a valuable source of support for patient who suffer from painful conditions. For example, online cancer support groups may be helpful for patients whose pain is due to cancer, and diabetes support groups may be helpful for patients with nerve pain due to long-standing diabetes. However, advice offered in these Internet groups should always be discussed with your physician, who can help you with the decision of what treatment or medication is best for you.
UCLA Health accepts Medicare assignment and private indemnity insurance, including a wide variety of HMO and PPO plans. We participate in over 100 local and national managed-care networks. For more information, please see the UCLA Health Plans information web page.
We offer same day appointments.
The patient should bring a record of medications along with recent and relevant clinical notes, imaging, proof of insurance, and any authorization information.
You should arrive 30 minutes prior to a new office consultation and 15 minutes prior to a return visit.