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Pain Center

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If you suffer from chronic pain, chances are your physician will refer you to a pain center that offers a wide variety of services to help you live a more pain-free life.

The Sibley Memorial Hospital Pain Center provides the latest in minimally invasive treatment options for relieving pain associated with everything from sports injuries to chronic arthritis. The field of pain management is filled with new, minimally invasive pain treatment modalities that are replacing oral narcotics as the standard of care, giving more pain management options to patients. The Pain Center’s staff focuses on pain treatment and has a wide range of tools to tailor pain treatments to the many causes of chronic pain. Sibley’s specialists have brought a hugely improved quality of life to many people who have been dealing with persistent pain for years.

Insurance and Financial Considerations

Most major insurance plans cover pain medicine services. But insurance policies vary, so please check with your insurance carrier.

Patient Forms

New and returning patients should print, complete and bring a medication reconciliation form to the appointment.

What to Expect

When you come to the Pain Center for your appointment, please:

  • Leave any valuables or jewelry at home
  • Bring your insurance card and photo ID

For many of our procedures, you will need to arrange for transportation home. Your physician will let you know if you will be able to drive home when you discuss the procedure.

Meet the Pain Center Director

Dr. Met Akin is board certified in anesthesiology and board eligible in pain medicine. He provides inpatient and outpatient consultations, procedures and follow-up care to patients suffering from many types of acute and chronic pain conditions. Dr. Akin has experience in a variety of interventional pain procedures, including dorsal column stimulators, provocative discography, kyphoplasty, sympathetic ganglion blocks and radiofrequency ablation, as well as medication management.

Dr. Akin grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attended Carnegie Mellon University. After completing several years of post-graduate research in molecular biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, he went to medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Miami, earning a Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine and a Master of Public Health. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the Temple University branch of Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pa.