Upper Michigan Pain Center Network
The Upper Michigan Pain Center Network is a collaboration between UP Health System, the Interventional Pain Center (IPC), and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) providers at U.P. Rehabilitation Medicine Associates, P.C. The Network evaluates, diagnoses, and provides management and treatment options to patients with both recent-onset and chronic pain. The approach to care, management, and treatment for pain includes:
- Identifying the source of the pain
- Reduction and management of pain
- Restoration of normal activities of life
- Prevention of future pain recurrences
The Upper Michigan Pain Center Network does not provide opioid/medication management and therefore, no providers in this network will prescribe or manage opioids.
The Upper Peninsula Pain Center Network specializes in the intervention and treatment of musculoskeletal and spine pain, such as:
- Arm and leg pain
- Acute injury
- Back pain
- Chronic pain
- Disc disease
- Nerve pain
- Neck pain
- Postoperative pain
- Work comp injury pain
- Joint pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal arthritis
Assessing and Diagnosing Your Pain
All patients must begin with a referral to the Upper Michigan Pain Center Network from their primary care physician. Your primary care physician can send a referral by fax to 906.225.4583. With the referral from your primary care physician, the PM&R providers and their team will assess, evaluate, and diagnose your pain. They also can provide electromyography (EMG) testing in the office.
Need a Primary Care Physician? | Visit the Find a Doctor tab on our website or call 844.411.UPHS (8747).
Pain Management and Treatment
The Network creates a team approach in providing management and treatment options for patients with recent-onset and chronic pain. All of the treatment options through the IPC focus on non-invasive procedures under the use of image guidance by our board-certified physician who has been specializing in interventional pain treatments.
Treatment Options Available through Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R):
- Therapy management (PT, OT, Speech)
- Home exercise programs
- Medical treatments
- Anatomically guided joint and bursa injections
PLEASE NOTE | Opioid therapy will be at the discretion of each provider. Controlled substance agreements are required, and opioids will not be prescribed at the time of the first visit.
Interventional Treatment Options Available through the Interventional Pain Center (IPC):
- Intrathecal pain pump refills
- Epidural spinal injections (ESI) – lumbar, cervical, thoracic, sacral
- Transforaminal injections
- Facet joint injections
- Trigger point injections
- Nerve blocks
- SacroIlliac (SI) joint injections
- Medical branch block
- Radiofrequency ablation of the nerve (also called rhizotomy)
- Spinal cord stimulators (SCS)
- Doral root ganglion stimulator (DRG)
UP Health System - Marquette
850 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Office
UP Rehabilitation Medicine Associates, PC (PM&R)
3rd Floor of the Medical Office Building, Suite 30
Marquette, MI 49855
Interventional Pain Center (IPC)
3rd Floor of the Medical Office Building, Suite 33
Marquette, MI 49855
PLEASE NOTE | Scheduling-related questions should be directed to Central Scheduling at 906.449.1445. Neither the IPC staff or Dr. Mehall's staff are in charge of scheduling procedures.
PLEASE NOTE | Before patients can schedule a treatment or procedure with the IPC, patients must first be seen by a PM&R or other physician's office (Neurosurgery, Neurology, etc). The PM&R or other physician will order and pre-authorize your treatment or procedures that will be completed by the IPC. Once your insurance company pre-authorizes your procedure, the Central Scheduling Office will contact you by phone to make your appointment.
The only case where this process will change is when the pain patient becomes a candidate for neuromodulation (SCS or DRG). PM&R offices or your physician who is managing your pain will refer candidates for SCS or DRG to be seen in consultation with Dr. Christopher Mehall at his private clinic office at 717 W. Washington St. If you are a referring physician wanting to have a patient evaluated for SCS or DRG, you will fax the referral to Dr. Mehall’s office at 906.273.1823. Dr. Mehall’s office number is 906.273.1821 if there are questions about the referral.