Frequently Asked Questions

We hope these frequently asked questions provide any other information that you are looking for, but if you don't see your question here, please feel free to give us a call.

1What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond a few months, typically more than 3-6 months, and adversely affects your daily function or general quality of life. It can be the result of a disease or injury that has far exceeded its normal healing time. Chronic pain also includes Chronic Pain Syndrome which is a more global pain situation associated with significant psychosocial issues that include depression, anxiety, drug dependence, sleep problems, etc. An appointment with one of our pain management practitioners can help you identify the type of pain you are experiencing and options available for management.

2How do I know if I should see a pain management specialist?

Often your primary care practitioner will make a suggestion that you see one of our pain management specialists. If you have a severe, nagging, or lingering pain that is interfering with your sleep and daily functioning simply ask your primary care practitioner for a referral to see one of our specialists.

3Do I need a referral to become a patient?

A referral from your primary care physician or specialist is required to see one of our highly-trained pain management specialists.

4What should I bring to my first appointment? What should I wear?

One of our nurses will be in touch with you to review any diagnostic imaging and other relevant tests that you have had so that we can have reports available for review at the time of your first visit. Please wear loose fitting clothing that is easily removed or moved about to facilitate physical examination.

5Will my insurance cover pain management services?

Our practitioners are covered by a large number of insurers. Please check with your insurance company for reassurance that we are within their network of providers. Our office will obtain pre-certification from your insurance company for clearance for any diagnostic testing or procedures that we may order.

6What is pain management?

Pain management involves the process of exploration to discover what type of pain you are experiencing and the sources or factors that are triggering and influencing it. Several options, alone or in combination, can help reduce the intensity of pain a person is experiencing and improve their functioning and quality of life.

7Can pain management completely eliminate my pain?

While many of our patients experience significant or near complete reduction in pain and improved quality of life, realistic expectations are essential to satisfaction with any pain treatment. When pain cannot be completely eliminated we seek to help you be as comfortable as possible while watching out for the safety of your overall health or well-being.

8My doctor has told me s/he is no longer prescribing opioid medications and I must get them from a pain practitioner. Can you help me with this?

As almost everyone is aware, we are facing a massive opioid epidemic in the United States and many physicians and other prescribers are no longer willing to prescribe and manage these medications. As pain management specialists who do incorporate opioid therapy on occasion, it is important to understand our strict opioid policy that is available for review on the Home page of our website. Outside of pain related to cancer, we do not prescribe any opioid medications on the first visit and further we only do so once we have thoroughly determined that this is appropriate therapy. Just because a patient has been receiving opioid medication from another prescriber – and oftentimes for years - it should not be expected that this is a course of treatment that we would advise or incorporate.

9Do you diagnose disabilities or can you provide medical evidence related to my disability?

Our practitioners have a great respect for everyone with a health care need. We are not however experts in disability determination and therefore are unable to complete forms for disability determination.

10How do I become a patient?

A referral from your primary care physician or specialist is required to see one of our highly-trained pain management specialists. All of the necessary medical forms and records will be provided to our office once that referral is received.