Pain Medicine

If you have pain, you have options.

Living with pain, no matter how much or little is no way to live a fulfilling life. UF Health Pain Medicine at Halifax Health helps get you to a place where you can enjoy life pain-free.

Our pain medicine team provides the most advanced pain management treatment options available in a supportive, compassionate environment. Our team at UF Health Pain Medicine at Halifax Health is committed to helping patients with chronic pain return to independence and comfort and restore their quality of life.

Service Information

This list is extensive but not all-inclusive. If you have any questions regarding a condition not listed here, please call the office at 386.241.1060.

  • Neck, mid-back and lower back pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Radicular pain (i.e. sciatica, cervical radiculopathy, etc. )
  • Spinal Stenosis with/without neurogenic claudication
  • Vertebral Compression fractures
  • Myofascial pain/trigger points
  • Migraine Headaches (botox injections)
  • Chronic head/facial pain
    • Sub-occipital neuralgia
    • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Neuropathic pain including:
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • CRPS I and II (Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/causalgia)
    • Post-herpetic Neuralgia
    • Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
    • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Sports related injuries
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Overuse Injuries/Tendonitis (Shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle)
    • Bursitis (subacromial/subdeltoid, ischial, trochanteric, patellar)
  • Peripheral joint pain (Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Post- joint replacement pain (shoulder and knee)
  • Chronic chest wall pain
    • Intercostal neuralgia
    • Cancer related pain
    • Post-mastectomy pain
  • Chronic abdominal pain
    • Post-hernia pain
    • Pancreatic cancer pain
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Coccydynia
  • Failed back surgery syndrome/ Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Pain is a complicated, often debilitating medical problem that can have a major impact on your physical and mental well-being. At Halifax Health | UF Health - Pain Medicine, we offer a comprehensive range of services for patients suffering from acute or chronic pain.

Our team of pain medicine specialists provides some of the world’s most advanced treatment options in a supportive, compassionate environment. Our goal is to help patients return to independence and comfort, and restore their quality of life.

We offer treatment for chronic pain from conditions such as post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, cancer and back pain caused by failed back syndrome, spinal stenosis and herniated discs.

The program focuses on the use of numerous procedures for pain medicine such as epidurals, Botox injections for muscle spasms/torticollis, nerve blocks, implantable pumps and spinal cord stimulators.

Meet Your Pain Medicine Team

Pain Medicine Doctors

Mark Bender, MD, DC
Mark Bender, MD, DC

Mark Bender, MD, DC,  is an interventional pain medicine specialist earning his medical degree at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla., where he was valedictorian and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Orlando Health in Orlando, Fla., and his fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

Prior to his medical training, he received a doctorate in chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Daytona Beach, Fla. With a successful business practice in South Florida, Dr. Bender witnessed people suffer from pain that he was not able to treat as a chiropractor. Wanting to affect people on a deeper level, he spent the intervening years training to become an expert in minimally invasive spine care.

He has always had a passion for learning but he wanted to combine the best aspects of both chiropractic and modern medicine to be able to offer his patients the most complete and comprehensive level of care possible. 

He has been heavily involved in research and has written nineteen articles and a book chapter related to his field. The majority of his research involved the treatment of musculoskeletal and spine-related disorders. Dr. Bender has a passion for community service and has been on several medical mission trips in the Dominican Republic and Fiji.

In his free time, he loves being outdoors surfing, wakeboarding, rock climbing and traveling. He also enjoys playing the drums.

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