Q: Do you accept CASH paying patients?
A: Yes, please call any of our offices for current pricing.
Q: Am I guaranteed prescription medicine when I am a patient with Pain Management Associates?
A: No, our doctors do not prescribe any pain medication unless they feel it fits your treatment plan. We do not perscribe any drugs unless they are necessary and beneficial to your health.
Q: How long does the relief from injection procedures last?
A: The amount of relief each individual receives from the injections depends mostly on the underlying problem. Therefore, individual responses vary significantly.
Q: How many injections does it take to get relief?
A: Most injections are performed in a series of three, 2 weeks apart. However, patients are evaluated after the second injection to determine if they need to receive a third injection
Q: What do I need to do before my procedure?
A: Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Make sure you let your physician know if you are taking any blood thinners (anticoagulants). Take the rest of your medications as you normally do.
Q: What should I do if I take blood thinners?
A: If you take blood thinner medications such as Coumadin, Plavix, Ticlid, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naprosyn, Advil, etc., please let your physician know before scheduling your procedure for appropriate instructions regarding stopping the medication.
Q: Can I drive after my procedure?
A: It is recommended that you don’t drive after your injection procedure. It is REQUIRED for you to have another adult drive you after any procedure which requires IV sedation, or any procedure which may cause numbness or weakness in your legs. Please follow your pre-procedure instructions as each injection treatment is different.
Q: Is the injection going to hurt?
A: Local anesthesia is provided for all injection procedures to numb the skin before any needle placement. Most procedures are therefore tolerated very well with only local anesthesia.
Q: Can I take my medications before the procedure?
A: Aside from blood thinners (anticoagulants), you should continue all of your other medications as scheduled.
Q: What if the procedure doesn’t help?
A: If interventional techniques are not effective in treating your pain problem, various medical management options are available which may then be tried.
Q: What do I do following my injections?
A: After each procedure, you’ll be provided complete post-procedure instructions.
Q: What if my condition requires surgery?
A: At that time, appropriate surgical referral will be made.
Q: How often can I have a steroid injection?
A: Most steroid injections are safe up to three times in a six-month period.