Listed below are some common questions and concerns patients may have about pain management.
What Insurance Do You Accept?
Colorado Pain Care accepts most insurance plans including workmen’s compensation. We evaluate each insurance policy before beginning treatment to ensure coverage or an affordable option.
When Would I Need to Visit A Pain Management Doctor?
People develop pain for a number of reasons. Pain after an injury, recent surgery, or illness is called acute pain. If you have persistent pain that lasts over 6 weeks, your primary care doctor may refer you to a pain management specialist for further testing.
For pain that lasts after the healing process should be over, that is called chronic pain. Patients with chronic pain receive personalized treatment plans to reduce pain.
If you are experiencing pain, the sooner you see a pain management doctor, the quicker and simpler a pain treatment plan may be. Earlier evaluation leads to higher diagnostic accuracy.
What Can I Expect From a Visit with A Pain Management Doctor?
At your first appointment, your doctor will complete a physical exam and ask about your medical history. Let your physician know about any medical conditions you have (hypertension, thyroid problems, etc.). It is important to tell your doctor when the pain started, and location and severity of your pain.
Keep a pain journal so you and your doctor can work together in creating a unique treatment plan that will help you the best. Note symptoms, what alleviates your pain, what triggers your pain, and the severity of your pain.
Your treatment plan will rely on clear communication and active effort between you and your pain doctor to help treat your chronic or acute pain conditions.
What Kind of Training Do Pain Management Specialists Receive?
Like other physicians, they complete a 4-year college program and graduate from a 4-year medical school. Then, pain management specialists spend 4 more years completing a residency in anesthesiology.
Pain management doctors continue their education and training by conducting research, publishing articles, or completing fellowships in “subspecialty” categories to become pain experts.
All of the Pain Specialists at Colorado Pain Care are board-certified or have extensive experience in the field of pain.
What Kind of Treatments Do You Offer?
At Colorado Pain Care, we offer a wide range of treatment options, including non-surgical and surgical techniques. We work with you to help decide what method of treatment best suits you and your goals for taking control of your pain.
For all of our treatment options, visit our Conditions & Treatments page.