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VA Puget Sound Health Care System


Pain Clinic

About the Program

The Pain Clinic (located at Seattle and American Lake) evaluates and treats Veterans needing ongoing chronic pain treatment. Our clinic emphasizes a “biopsychosocial” approach to pain, highlighting the self-management
techniques proven to be effective in managing pain.

Our program employs three primary approaches to include:

  1. Safe and appropriate use of pain medications and/or procedures
  2. Graduated and properly paced physical exercise
  3. Psychological pain self-management methods.

Services Offered


  • Functional Restoration Program (FRP) – American Lake Division
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/ Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mobility/Strength
  • Tai Chi/Qigong – American Lake

Individual Services:


  • Multi-disciplinary evaluation
  • Procedure-based treatment-Seattle

Pain Psychology

  • CBT/ ACT
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Stress Management
  • Wellness and compensatory techniques

 Physical Therapy

  • Individualized exercise plans
  • Activity pacing
  • Functional goal development
  • Education (The role of pain, activity, kinesiophobia, and fear avoidant behavior)
  • Evaluation for self-management aids

Mind-Body Medicine

  • Mind-body/Integrative medicine
  • Qigong-American Lake
  • Tai Chi-American Lake
  • Mantra Repetition/Meditation-American Lake
  • Self-Hypnosis

Contact Info


  • American Lake

Contact Number(s)

  • 253-583-2892
  • 206-277-5520

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30am-4:00pm, Mon. - Fri.
    7:30am-4:00pm, Mon. - Fri.