To best determine the pain management plan that is right for you, your first visit will consist of a thorough evaluation with your pain management physician. During this initial appointment, your physician will review a history of the painful condition, a physical examination and a review of doctors notes, X-rays, MRIs, laboratory studies and other information. After the results of testing are reviewed, a treatment regimen is recommended. Because pain management plans are tailored to your specific needs, the regimen is different for each patient and varies depending on the nature of the condition.
With this multi-disciplinary approach, we are able to manage complex and difficult pain conditions. During the treatment plan, your physician performs targeted procedures to alleviate your pain. The pain management physician’s role includes: serving as a consultant to other physicians while directing the multi-disciplinary treatment plan, counseling patients and families, prescribing and supervising rehabilitative and behavioral health services, as well as recommending and prescribing medications useful in the treatment of chronic pain.
If necessary to help treat your condition, the pain management physician may also recommend a series of steroid injections. If so, the pain management physician will determine and explain which specific procedure might be best for you. Throughout your pain management plan, your physician will be there to answer questions and offer guidance to help you towards living pain-free.