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What You Should Expect from Your Pain Management Program

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If you are considering pain management treatment, you are likely to have many questions. Browse the frequently asked questions below to learn more about the pain management process at Einstein.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pain Management

Why do I need a referral?

Should I drive myself to my appointment?

What forms and other information do I need to bring to my first appointment?

What happens at the first appointment?

Where are your local pain management clinics?

Will I be treated on the first visit?

Can I go back to work after my visit?

Who do I call for a prescription refill?

Will my pain doctor act as my primary care physician?

Am I going to get a cortisone shot?

Do you offer detox?

Where can I find additional information about pain conditions and disorders?

Where can I find a pain support group?

What do current patients think of Einstein pain management programs?

Do you need a referral for pain management?

A referral is required for several reasons. The most important is to provide the evaluating pain management physician with all relevant history and data so that the consultation is productive and focused on the patient and his/her pain problem. The best way to obtain a referral to a pain management specialist is through your primary care physician.

Should I drive myself to my pain management appointment?

Depending on your circumstances, you will be advised of the need for someone to drive you home after your first appointment. It is our policy that every patient who has an invasive procedure must have a ride home. Many procedures performed can cause associated numbness, weakness, and/or loss of position sense, which can make the ability to operate an automobile difficult.

What happens at the first pain management appointment?

It is important to know what to expect at your first pain management appointment. At your first visit, you meet with a pain management nurse who reviews your pain problem and medical history. You will be seen by a nurse, a physician assistant and the physician. A pain management physician performs a medical history, physical examination and reviews any test or X-ray results. Your physician will develop a customized pain treatment plan based on your individual assessment. This initial evaluation is important, because a full and complete assessment is a key component in developing your customized treatment plan.

Will I be treated on the first visit to a pain management clinic?

In some cases, patients are treated on the first visit. However, most patients will be scheduled for their procedure after undergoing appropriate preparation. Einstein’s pain management process consists of communication with the patient’s primary care physician and specialists as part of a team approach to a comprehensive care plan.

Can I go back to work after my visit?

If you receive an epidural injection or any other catheterization procedure, we usually recommend you take it easy and let your body be your guide. Recovery times may vary depending on your occupation. Discuss this with your physician.

Who do I call for a prescription refill?

In general you should contact the office of the physician who prescribed the medication. Please note that opiate analgesic prescriptions are NEVER renewed over the telephone.

Will my pain doctor act as my primary care physician?

Einstein Pain Institute respects the integrity of your relationship with your physician and recognizes its value as a vital source of information and support in your pain management treatment plan. We work with your physician, keeping them updated on your care and follow-up plans as well as educating how pain management clinics work.

Am I going to get a “cortisone shot?”

Many of the injections performed in our center include the use of a steroid medication. Cortisone is no longer used for these types of injections; another steroid called depo-medrol is the most commonly used.

Do you offer detox?

No. Only qualified physicians in detoxification may perform treatment for narcotic substances.

Where can I find additional information about pain conditions and disorders?

Links to organizations that may be helpful if you are affected by pain conditions and disorders

American Pain Foundation
National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
American Pain Society

Where can I find a pain support group?

Organizations such as National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain, American Pain Society and American Pain Foundation sponsor support groups within each network. To learn more about each organization and a support group near you, click on a link above.


If you believe the Pain Management Institute is right for you, please make an appointment.

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