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Pain Management Program

The Pain Management Program at Nebraska Medicine is a specialized three or four week program that teaches healthy management and coping with chronic pain. If medications, injections, physical therapy and chiropractic services have failed in managing your pain, you may be a candidate for the Pain Management Program.

Admission to Pain Management Program

To participate in the Pain Management Program, a patient must meet the following criteria:

  • Pain is of a chronic, stable, non-malignant nature
  • Other medical and psychiatric treatments are not considered more appropriate
  • Desired participation in the program
  • Involvement of a family member or significant other for a one-time meeting
  • Financial arrangements have been completed

Before treatment can begin at the Pain Management Program, you will participate in a screening evaluation. A nursing, psychology or physical therapy staff member will interview you and request the completion of questionnaires that are related to your pain experience and medical history. Screening interviews and the completion of questionnaires can take 3 – 4 hours.

Please bring the following to your screening evaluation:

  • All medical records, including any X-rays or scans that your physician may have not yet shared with providers at the Pain Management Program
  • A complete list of all the medications and dosages of the medications that have been prescribed for you
  • A written list of all the medical procedures you have had including surgeries, diagnostic and medical treatments and alternative therapies.

Program Schedule

The three and four week program schedules include many of the same components, including educational lectures, exercise groups and clinical treatment. Your schedule will be determined by Pain Management Program staff. View an example schedule.

During our unique four-week outpatient program, patients learn to manage their pain through behavioral techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapies, physical reactivation and therapy, and medication reduction.

  • Nebraska Medicine
  • Specialty Services Pavilion, 5th Floor, Room 5032A
  • Parking is available in the green parking structure just west of the Durham Outpatient Center. The valet service is located at the main entrance of the Durham Outpatient Center.

While attending the program, lodging is provided at no charge to patients living outside of the Omaha, Neb. area. Lodging is subject to availability.


A daily allowance is provided to program participants to help cover the cost of lunch. This allowance can be used in the University or Clarkson cafeterias as well as the convenience store on the third floor of University Tower.


Patients are encouraged to wear loose fitting clothing appropriate for exercising. Tennis shoes or other soft-soled shoes are recommended. Patients will also need a swimming suit.

Required Items
  • Swimming suit for the exercise pool
  • Loose fitting clothing appropriate for exercising
  • Athletic shoes
  • Spending money for miscellaneous items
  • All medications in original bottles, including over-the-counter medications

Please remember to bring current medications to the Pain Management Program and present them to the nursing staff. New prescriptions will not be filled immediately. The medication program takes time to initiate.

Optional Items
  • Digital watch or stop watch for keeping track of exercise times
  • Gym bag
  • Pool shoes or pool socks
  • Reading material

Make an Appointment

Call: 800.922.0000