COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Pain medicine

Service detail

The Walton Centre is internationally famous for treating patients with chronic pain.

Everyone has experienced pain, we associate it with damage to our body, expect it to get better once healing has occurred.  We call pain which gets better with healing ‘acute pain’. 

Chronic pain lasts longer than the normal healing process and is still present three months after an injury or illness. Chronic pain can cause disability and depression and has a major impact on the sufferer’s life. An estimated seven per cent of people in the UK have chronic pain.

Chronic pain medicine has developed as a speciality over the past 50 years. The Walton Centre has been at the forefront in the battle against chronic pain since the 1960s, and is recognised for its expertise, both nationally and internationally.

Our aim is to use specialist techniques to cure or ease the pain. In addition we help people come to terms with chronic pain and improve their quality of life on our Pain Management Programme (PMP) which is the largest and longest running PMP in the UK.

Patient leaflets

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture has been used to treat many medical conditions, and it can be particularly useful for the treatment of pain.


Capsaicin 8% Patch Application

The 8% capsaicin patch is a patch for use on your skin. 

Caudal Epidural Injection

An Epidural Injection is the name given to an injection into the epidural space.

Facet Joint Denervation

Facet joint denervation involves heating the nerves supplying the joints with a special needle with a tip that could be heated.

High frequency stimulation

Pain messages are sent along special pain pathways and up the spinal cord, to the brain. Although we may feel the pain in a particular place, such as a joint, nerve or muscle, we only recognise the sensation as pain once it reaches the brain.

Ilioinguinal Nerve Block

This injection can be helpful in reducing pain in the groin area. The main reason for doing this block is to reduce pain.

Intrathecal Phenol or Alcohol Injection for Cancer Pain

Intrathecal phenol or alcohol injection is a nerve block.

Opioids for chronic pain

Opioids are strong pain medications

Reducing and switching opioid drugs

Opioids are strong pain medications

Saddle neurolytic block

Using saddle neurolytic block for pain relief

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for chronic pain

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain

Trigger point injections

Trigger point injections - what they are

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Pain medicine Consultants

Dr Manish Gupta

Dr Manish Gupta is a Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Pain Medicine.

Dr Manohar Sharma

Dr Manohar Sharma is a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation. 

Dr John Wiles

Dr John Wiles specialises in pain medicine from an anaesthetic background.

Dr Bernhard Frank

Dr Bernhard Frank is a Consultant in pain medicine at The Walton Centre, also holding the roles of clinical lead for neuropathic pain and opioid management for chronic non-cancer pain. He is an honorary senior clinical lecturer in pain medicine at the University of Liverpool. 

Dr Andreas Goebel

Dr Andreas Goebel is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre since 2007.

Dr Sumit Gulati

Dr Sumit Gulati is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre.

Dr Christopher Whitehead

At The Walton Centre, Dr Whitehead is the Medical Appraisal Lead and the Clinical Director for Pain Medicine.

Related Services

Neuropathic pain (nerve pain)

Neuropathic pain (nerve pain) is a common type of chronic pain. It is caused by nerve disease or nerve damage.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Complex regional pain ayndrome, is often difficult to diagnose. Its main feature is persistent pain in an arm or leg, usually after trauma. It is often associated with changes in temperature, swelling and sensitivity.

Facial pain

The Walton Centre has established a multidisciplinary facial pain clinic for patients with difficult-to-treat pain in the face.

Page last updated: 23 June 2021