Do I need a referral to see a Pain Management Doctor at your clinic?
We don’t usually require a referral, but we do require that your relevant pain treatment history and your treating physician’s notes get faxed/mailed to our office. If you have been treated by several doctors (ex., orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, primary care physician, etc) – we would need the last visit notes from each of them.
Will I be given any sedation before a Pain Management procedure?
Conscious sedation is an option for the patients who may feel nervous about the procedure. You can read more about it below.
What is Conscious Sedation?
Conscious sedation is a type of sedation in which you can respond to verbal directions, but feel no pain, and have a drug-induced depression of consciousness. This level of sedation is used for minor medical procedures in which it is necessary for the patient to be responsive, and also for procedures which do not merit the use of general anesthesia.
Sedation analgesia usually is administered through an intravenous catheter (IV), to relax you and minimize any discomfort you might experience. It is also combined with an injection of a local anesthetic, or “numbing medicine,” at the site of procedure.
When receiving conscious sedation, you will feel drowsy and may even sleep through the entire procedure, but will be easily awakened when spoken to or touched. You may or may not remember the procedure afterwards.
Like any form of anesthesia and sedation, there are some risks to moderate sedation, but it is significantly less dangerous than general anesthesia.
Preparation for the sedation: no food or drinks (water is permitted) 4 hours prior to the procedure with sedation.
I had Pain Management injections before without result, should I consider them again
It depends. Doctor will need to review your previous treatment history and the notes from other treating physicians as well as your recent radiological studies.
Will I be prescribed the Pain Medications I used to take?
In most cases pain control program would include pain management procedures combined with pain medications, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. However each patient is unique and therefore different approaches my be used in each case. We can discuss different options, including treatment with Medical Marijuana or CBD.