Specialty Pain Service FAQ
Titusville Area Hospital
Has a doctor recently recommended you receive specialty pain management?
It is natural to have questions about what this involves. Here we provide
a brief overview of what you can expect from the treatment. We hope this
will help alleviate anxiety you may have about the process and let you
walk into the clinic with confidence.
What can I expect my first day?
First, a medical professional will evaluate your condition. It is recommended
you bring a copy of you medical history to assist this process. A physical
assessment will also be administered to measure what your body is capable
of. Afterwards, the team will discuss your goals with you and devise a
multi-disciplinary treatment plan.
What will treatment involve?
This varies from patient to patient depending on the condition and their
physical capability. Generally, treatment includes a combination of medication,
injections, behavioral services, and physical therapy.
Some treatments include:
- Nerve blocks
- Trigger-point injections
- Radiofrequency neurolysis
- Spinal cord stimulators
- Relaxation therapy
- Stress management
- Pain management counseling
- Custom exercise programs
Are injections necessary?
We understand many people have apprehension about receiving injections.
Not all treatments will require injections, but for those that do, patients
are sedated beforehand to help them relax. Injections may be uncomfortable,
but not exceedingly painful. If you know you will be receiving injection,
please avoid taking aspirin for 7 days ahead of time.
What is behavioral therapy?
Chronic pain is definitely a physical condition, and should not be dismissed.
Behavioral therapy does not insist that the pain is not real, rather,
it takes the approach that mental techniques can be used in conjunction
with physical treatments to mitigate the pain. Stress is proven to worsen
a patient’s condition, and the feeling of helplessness that accompanies
many of these conditions makes dealing with stress more difficult. Relaxation
therapies and counseling services provide useful mental tools that make
dealing with pain easier.
How do i schedule an appointment?
A physician’s referral is necessary before you can schedule an appointment
at the Titusville Area Hospital specialty pain management center.
Is special pain management covered by insurance?
Many insurance companies do cover this service, and our clinics will accept
most of them. Be sure to check with your insurance policy and contact
the pain management center to learn more.