Frequently Asked Questions: What to Expect from a Pain Management Physician?
Your relationship with Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. You will be asked by our pain management physicians to describe your pain, including its location, intensity, and duration. To provide the best standard of diagnostic care, we ask to be first provided with a complete medical history, including relevant diagnostic test results and a list of past and ongoing pain management therapies, such as prescription and over-the-counter medication
One or a combination of diagnostic tests may be administered to identify
the source and classification of your pain. Onsite pain diagnosis procedures
include, but are not limited to, X-Rays, CT scans, MRIs, and diagnostic
injections. Depending upon your acute or chronic pain condition, our pain management center will deploy an interdisciplinary and customized pain management treatment plan that may involve the administration of pain
medication, behavioral or physical rehabilitation, interventional pain
management, or alternative pain therapies. Most pain control services are
offered on an out-patient basis at our state-of-the-art pain practice or
through our network of dedicated healthcare professionals.
What to Expect Before, During, & After a Pain Procedure:
Before the application of certain diagnostic tests and minimally invasive interventional pain procedures, you may be asked to follow specific instructions prior to your appointment, including the cessation of certain medications as well as abstinence from food and drink. The duration of the procedure varies from case to case, but typically is brief in nature, requiring minimal recovery time. For more complex procedures such as spinal cord stimulation, a longer procedure time is to be expected with a period of required post-operative observation. In certain cases, anesthesia may be administered during the procedure. In such cases, patients will not be permitted to drive and will require the assistance of a family member or friend.
Regardless of procedure type – be it pharmacological,rehabilitation, or interventional pain management – the physicians of Pain Management Centers of New England and Pain Modulation Associates will offer attentive and comprehensive follow-up care for the continued evaluation and assessment of your pain condition. During this time, patients may be asked to engage in a number of at home activities, including behavioral modifications and customized exercise plans designed to improve function and overall quality of life.