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Understandably, your first visit to a pain management specialist can be a bit stressful, especially when you’re already dealing with the anxiety of chronic pain. Fortunately, an experienced pain management practice like Resolute Pain Solutions is the right place for you. We’ll provide you with the care, support and guidance you need to get you back to the things you love and to improve your quality of life. To make the experience less stressful, we’d like to share some information with you on what to expect during your first visit.
Keep in mind that the pain management physicians you’re about to meet are doctors first and pain management specialists second. This means they will begin by getting as complete a medical background as possible using the new patient paperwork you will be asked to fill out. Be prepared to share information regarding previous surgeries, allergies, family history and current medications. You will also complete paperwork regarding the nature of your problem, including such details as when the pain first started as well as what the cause may be. It’s important to be thorough so that your pain management specialist can form a clear understanding of your health history and how it correlates to your pain.
Once the necessary background information has been gathered, you will receive a physical exam focusing on your area of pain. Pain management specialists are extremely mindful of your discomfort, which is why they are especially thorough and careful during the initial consultation and exam. The specialist will also assess your general physical condition as well as any contributing medical issues related to your pain. If you have or can access records and imaging results from a previous physician, be sure to have them faxed over to us ahead of time or bring them in with you. The specialist can then review these records and get a more thorough idea of your condition.
The remainder of your appointment will be spent discussing the pain you are having — and, more specifically, at what time(s) it gets worse — as well as what factors bring it on or tend to aggravate it and how it interferes with your day-to-day life. Since pain management physicians are highly specialized in treating chronic pain, you can rest assured that you will make headway even from your first appointment. Yet, as with any medical condition, it may take time to find the right balance of medication and lifestyle changes to determine the course of action that will work best for you.
Your pain management specialist may even prescribe a medication during the first visit. In fact, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a prescription in hand. This is perfectly common. In an effort to get their patients feeling better with as little intervention as possible, pain specialists will usually prescribe medication at the lowest dose and then gradually increase as necessary. At the same time, they never wish to overmedicate patients or prescribe medication that could lead to severe side effects. If pain persists despite treatments that involve the least invasive methods first, the next step may be to prescribe pain injections or nerve blocks. Pain injections are used for chronic conditions when pain doesn’t respond to traditional medication.
Your appointment will wrap up and include your written prescription — if there is one needed — and you will also be given a time for your next appointment. Pain management specialists prefer seeing patients regularly in order to get their pain quickly under control, so expect quite a few appointments in the beginning. You will be given a treatment plan that outlines your diagnosis and treatment, which can then be discussed with your primary care physician. Family involvement is also encouraged. In fact, you are welcome to bring a family member with you during your first visit, if you believe this may ease your transition into care.
At Resolute Pain Solutions, our goal is always the same: to enhance patient experiences and improve care outcomes. In this singular mission, as our name implies, we remain…Resolute.
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