Center for Pain Management

Whether it is you or a loved one that is suffering from pain, we understand the profound and negative impact that pain can have on a person’s quality of life. We want to help. We want to bring hope. We want to bring life.You don’t have to merely “tolerate” pain. We want to help restore you to as close to a pain-free state as possible, embracing the life that you want to live.

Located in Wilmington, NC, our goal is total patient care, providing options and treatments that bring relief, preserve dignity and install hope to improve the quality of our patients lives. The physicians of the Center for Pain Management provide comprehensive approaches and treatment options to treat individuals who suffer from chronic pain. Our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in interventional pain management. They will provide you with a personal response to your pain related issues and concerns through treatment plans designed specifically around your needs.


Meet the Providers


John H. Knab, MD

Dr Knab has practiced pain medicine exclusively at the Center for Pain Management since 2000. Dr. Knab specializes in all aspects of interventional pain medicine, and has a special interest in percutaneous disc decompression, neuroablative techniques, and spinal cord stimulation.

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Sunil K. Arora, MD

Dr. Arora emphasis is on restoring function and quality of life through comprehensive multimodality treatment. He performs the full range of the latest interventional pain procedures and techniques, and his areas of interest are back pain and cancer pain.

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  • Dr. Knab and all of his staff are awesome! Friendly, caring, personable and professional! One injection done and I feel better than I have in 18 months! Feels awesome to be able to do normal every day tasks with A LOT LESS pain!

    - Andrea V.
  • Dr. Knab and his PA Anthony are both caring and understand that being treated for pain is often frightening for a patient. They listen and always say at the end of each appointment, “If you need us before your next appointment, just give us a call.” I have recommended the Center for Pain Management to 4 of my friends and they have all had a very positive experience and trust Dr. Knab with their treatments. From the front door to the nurses who assist in the treatments this group is top notch!

    - Beth
  • I had PRP injection with Dr. Sunil Arora on May 16, 2016. I have bone on bone and an arthritic right knee and needed knee replacement surgery. The pain was making me unable to do the things I love to do. I was not able to play tennis, walk for long and even climbing stairs was painful. My sister in law had this procedure along with stem cell injection at Emory in Atlanta and had fantastic results. Dr. Arora was amazing and made the procedure seem too easy so I thought it would not work. I have had great results with the PRP and have been doing all the activities that I could not do before the injection without pain! My advice to anyone is to try this procedure before surgery it really works and we are so fortunate to have such a gifted physician to administer this procedure. Thank you Dr. Arora for making such a painless difference in my life!

    - Cris Point
  • I have been a patient since 2000 following an accident that left me with a broken neck and extensive nerve damage. He is excellent with injections and Radio frequency ablation treatments. The staff is thorough and professional. You will have to take regular urine tests if under their pain management care but if you are there for real treatment, that is also reassuring, in that they are helping to keep prescription drugs off of the streets.

    - David H.
  • We wish to thank-you for the extraordinary Pain Management you have provided us with for the past 11 years. Your professionalism caring and kindness are truly exemplary and of the highest stature. Additionally the entire staff endows the utmost degree of courtesy, excellent medical care, exceptional sensitivity and support with any of our medical issues. We are grateful that Wilmington, NC has such a fabulous premier Pain Management facility.

    - IB /LAB
  • He has provided excellent pain management without reliance on narcotics for over ten years. Very pleases.

    - Maria W.
  • The very first time I was scheduled for an injection, the office manager noticed me, she called to the back and said. “We have a nervous one, need to get her to the back now.” And it happened. Everyone of the staff are on point, I feel comfortable there. Dr. Knab has been right on target with what my surgeon would end up telling me. He is very conservative with prescriptions, and I trust him. I don’t trust many, that says a lot about my opinion. Great staff, great doctor, great choice. Thank you Dr. Knab for all you and your staffs dedication to me.

    - Melissa
  • Being a long-term patient of Dr. John Knab & staff due to a degenerative illness, I am thankful. Without his compassionate and professional treatment, my quality of life would be minimal. He listens and does his all to keep me comfortable as possible. I am so blessed to be a patient of his. He genuinely cares & it shows.

    - Mitch M.
  • I have gone to Dr. Knab for over a year with severe pain in both knees and back. He has done his very best to give me some relief from the pain. When my knees were beyond what he could do to help, he assisted in my receiving an appointment with a surgeon. I will continue to go to Dr. Knab as long as I need him and as long as he will have me as a patient!

    - Nancy L.