Pain medicine - Information for Physicians

Referring Patients

Two methods of referral are available....

1.Call the Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia at 319-356-2320 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to make an appointment for your patient. You will be asked to send copies of the patient's medical records so that they may be reviewed prior to the appointment.

2. Fill the UIHC's Universal Referral Form and click submit.

To help expedite your request, please have the following information available:

  • Caller's name and affiliation.

  • Town/City.

  • Department or physician with whom you want to speak.

  • A brief description of the nature of your request.

  • Patient's name and demographics.

Following the appointment, the physician caring for your patient will send a letter back to you informing you of their diagnosis and treatment plan. Staff will strive to work closely with you to ensure the best possible care for your patient.


If you require a consultation and have questions about the diagnosis or treatment options for a specific patient, call the Center for Pain Medicine from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

More Information

Treatment Options Available

Oral medication management*
Surgical consultation and referral*
Physical therapy regimen*

Peripheral blocks, local anesthetic injections:

Trigger point injections*
Supraorbital nerve block*
Selective nerve root block*
Celiac plexus block*
Stellate ganglion block*
Superior hypogastric plexus block*
Ganglion impar block*
Lumbar sympathetic block

Spine related pain options:

Epidural steroid injections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal*
Facet joint injections*
Sacro-iliac joint injections*
Neurolytic blocks*
Epidurolysis Radiofrequency ablation*
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS units)*
Spinal cord stimulation*

Fluoroscopic guidance for placement of catheters*
Intravenous regional sympathetic blocks*
Intrathecal and epidural infusions*
Intrathecal drug delivery systems*
Psychologic counseling*

Alternative medicine and complementary therapies:

Biofeedback/relaxation* Hypnosis*

* indicates therapies currently available at the Center for Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia

UI Consult

UI Consult is a valuable resource for health care professionals, available 24/7. A single phone call connects you with the expertise of University of Iowa Physicians, comprised of faculty in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine who serve as the medical staff of UI Hospitals and Clinics. FGo to the UI Consult website, call them at 800-322-8442 or 319-384-8008, or email