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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What conditions cause chronic pain?

  • Migraines
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • Back pain
  • Failed back surgery

2. I have back pain, what tests would be required to diagnose the cause of the pain?

Although the causes of back pain are numerous, the workup would include a physical exam along with x-rays and possibly MRI or CT scan.

3. Why treat pain?

Pain can affect activities of daily living, interrupt normal sleep patterns and influence how one interacts with family and friends. Chronic pain can lead to depression, withdrawal and loss of work.

4. Do I need a primary physician referral?

Yes, if possible but not absolutely necessary. We would like to know the physician in charge of your primary care so that if other medical issues arise, we can consult with that physician.

5. I have had a series of epidural steroid injections and they did little to relieve my pain. Are there any other options available?

Often time epidural steroid injections fail for a number of reasons, which may be related to who did the injections and why it was done. It is possible that your injections were done for a cause that was not amendable to steroid injections. Sometimes these injections fail because your problem is too severe for the injections to help. Modern pain medicine now has many other alternatives available to us to treat pain. Stop by and speak with our staff.

6. Do I have to be on narcotics for my pain?

Not necessarily, we now have many interventional techniques to help diminish the pain to a manageable level and there are many new medications that can treat pain without narcotics.