FAQs

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A: Yes, if your insurance allows it. However, you must take responsibility for obtaining any previous records from doctors who have treated your condition. We must have these to design an effective treatment plan.

A: Following your provider’s treatment plan – in addition to exercise, weight reduction when indicated and other prescribed recommendations like physical therapy — is important in controlling your pain. Therapy is intended to keep your muscles from becoming too stiff or, in some cases, developing atrophy (wasting away of the muscle). Healthy, strong support muscles are a vital key in preventing and controlling spinal and hip pain. It is very important that you follow the therapy prescribed by the physician

A: More than 80% of patients who receive proper interventional pain management are able to avoid back surgery. However, in some cases, back surgery is necessary. The procedures we have performed for you — even if they are ineffective in controlling your pain — have given your physician important information as to what is causing your pain. Your physician now can collaborate with top surgeons in the area on the cause and severity of your pain– which will help ensure a better outcome following surgery.

A: Urine Drug Screens are routinely done in virtually every pain doctor’s office across the country. This is consistent with practice guidelines and standards of care that we all must follow.

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A: We can make arrangements with patients on an individual basis.

A: The physicians at Alliance utilize many different treatments – from Epidural Injections and Facet Blocks to Spinal Cord Stimulators- to relieve pain. Your individual treatment plan will be developed based on your specific needs.

A: Comfortable clothing if possible, preferably pants and a shirt, as dresses are sometimes difficult when having procedures.

A: If you are having sedation for your procedure, you should not eat or drink (outside of taking your usual medications) after midnight the evening before your scheduled procedure.  Please contact the office for specific instructions regarding your pre-procedure instructions.

A: Many procedures do not require the patient to have a driver. If you have been sedated for the treatment then we will require you to have a driver for yours and others’ safety on the road. Many patients that have a treatment to address back and leg pain, particularly on the right side, should have a driver.

A: Most procedures are completed in a matter of minutes although the total time in the office will depend on how long it takes to become relaxed for those that decide on premedication and on the procedure. We will monitor you in the office anywhere from 5-30 minutes after treatment. From check-in to check-out, your appointment will take approximately an hour and a half. If you are having a more advanced procedure, more time may be necessary.

A: It is entirely possible to have a procedure with minimal or no discomfort with the use of sedation. Our goal is to have you experience as a little discomfort as possible.  With light anesthesia, you will likely sleep through the procedure.  The reason you are not allowed to eat or drink before your procedure is to enable you to safely receive anesthesia/sedatives.

A: Radiofrequency is a special technique that can prolong the duration of pain relief. If a particular nerve or set of nerves is treated and patient has very good quality but short-term relief, radiofrequency treatment can be the next step. This is recommended on an individual basis as not all patients are candidates. The treatment itself is basic for a pain specialist.

A: This is the most sophisticated pain management technique offered at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. If you have pain that cannot be treated with conventional techniques, you could be a candidate for SCS.  SCS uses micro-electrical impulses to “trick” your nerves to deliver a more comfortable sensation to replace your pain.  In newer SCS models, the pain relief can even occur without a replacement comfortable sensation.

A: Only one advanced procedure we do (spinal cord stimulator implant) requires two small incisions.  No other treatment at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers requires an incision, and the injection site can be covered by a simple Band-Aid

A: This is the question that everyone asks. Our interest is in prolonging your relief by whatever means possible. Once we complete an initial treatment in a given area we will have a better idea how long subsequent treatments can last.

A: Your pain may return. Several procedures — including radiofrequency ablations and epidurals — may need to be repeated, depending on your individual symptoms. However, most pain does not return after such procedures for at least 6 months. If your pain returns quickly after you have had a full series of treatments, a consultation with your neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon may be necessary. Call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss any recurring pain. The physician or physician’s assistant can discuss your future treatment plan from there.

A: Call us. Talk to your physician or physician’s assistant. Tell us what you’re feeling. We may need to repeat your procedures. Or, the pain may be coming from another source.

A: Office visits are individualized for each patient’s particular problems and needs. We would like to see you for a follow up 2 to 3 weeks following a procedure. If the benefit is long lasting, the interval between visits can be quite long if you are doing well. Most of the patient’s being seen for pain medication prescriptions are seen monthly.

A: If you have good relief but there is still room for improvement, it is not uncommon to repeat a treatment anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months later. There is no recipe for this and the decision to repeat a treatment is made by the patient and doctor together.

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