Oklahoma Pain Management is committed to providing caring, trusted and experienced specialists that relieve chronic pain through accurate diagnosis and personally-tailored treatment plans using the latest technologies. Before coming in for a procedure, you may have some questions. We did our best to answer the most commonly asked questions for you here.
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Do I need a doctor’s referral to be treated at Oklahoma Pain Management?
Will I get a procedure(s) at my first visit or is my first visit a consultation only?
Do you treat motor accident vehicle victims?
Do you offer self-pay discounts?
Do you treat workers compensation cases?
What is the earliest and latest appointment you can take?
Who will be visiting with me during my appointment?
What should I wear to my appointment?
How much does an appointment cost?
How quickly can you get me in for an appointment?
What is the purpose of a steroid injection?
Does a steroid injection hurt?
How long will my appointment take?
When will I be able to return to work?
Can I travel after a spinal procedure?
Why can’t I eat before a procedure?
Are there any side effects to the steroids?
What kind of results can I expect after the injection?
What if a procedure doesn’t work for me?
Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral to be treated at Oklahoma Pain Management?
- No, you do not need a referral to be treated at Oklahoma Pain Management unless your insurance requires it.
Q: Will I get a procedure(s) at my first visit or is my first visit a consultation only?
- If your pain medically indicates a procedure is necessary, we can absolutely treat you the first time you come in, as long as you have a driver. There are always exceptions however. For example, we might not perform a procedure if your insurance requires prior authorization before treatment, or if your insurance requires the procedure to be done in a hospital setting. Once you see your doctor, we will determine the best plan of treatment.
Q: Do you treat motor accident vehicle victims?
- Yes, absolutely!
Q: Do you offer self-pay discounts?
- Yes, we do offer cash-only pricing. Please call to talk to our office manager for pricing.
Q: Do you treat workers compensation cases?
- Yes, absolutely!
Q: What is the earliest and latest appointment you can take?
- Our earliest appointment is at 8:00am, but our clinic times vary per doctor. We take our last appointment at 3:45pm, as want to make sure we give our patients the time and attention they deserve. Our offices close at 4:30pm.
Q: Who will be visiting with me during my appointment?
- First, you will meet with one of our nurses who will do a short evaluation on you. Next, your doctor will come in to discuss a customized treatment plan and the risks and benefits with the procedure they suggest, as well as answer any and all questions you may have.
Q: What should I wear to my appointment?
- You should wear something comfortable, loose fitting, and something that is easily removable for procedures. We do offer gowns if needed.
Q: How much does an appointment cost?
- You will only owe your copay at your first appointment. We will bill you for the full cost of the appointment and procedure after your insurance has paid its portion, according to your plan.
Q: How quickly can you get me in for an appointment?
- Usually, we can get you in the next day unless our doctors are out of the office, if we are completely full, or if your insurances requires pre-authorization to be seen. We don’t want you to be in pain for longer than you need to be, so we make every effort to get your treated as soon as possible.
Q: What is the purpose of a steroid injection?
- Steroids are a potent anti-inflammatory medication. If your pain is inflammatory in nature, steroids will usually relieve it.
Q: Does a steroid injection hurt?
- The procedure can be done with or without sedation to avoid any unnecessary discomfort.
Q: How long will my appointment take?
- For new patients, you should expect to be in our office for about an hour, if having a procedure. For returning patients it is much faster, taking about 30 to 45 minutes in total.
Q: When will I be able to return to work?
- That depends on what your doctor’s care plan is and what your job requires you to do. If you were working before the procedure, you would most likely be able to return to work the next day, if not the same day.
Q: Can I travel after a procedure?
- Travel is not suggested for a few days after the injection to make sure there is not an adverse reaction. For this reason, it is also recommended that you do not drive for 6 hours after the procedure. This is why we require you to have a driver.
Q: Why can’t I eat before a procedure?
- If you are going to be treated in the office we do not require you to fast. However, some people become nauseous due to anxiety or discomfort. Likewise, IV sedation can make you at increased risk for vomiting and aspiration. For this reason, if you are having your procedure in a hospital an empty stomach is required. You may take medications with small sips of water.
Q: Are there any side effects to the steroids?
- Most of the time the side effects are minimal but could include insomnia, anxiety, and an increase in your heart rate. Long term steroid use can lend to other side effects and should be discussed with your doctor.
Q: What kind of results can I expect after the steroid injection?
- Steroid effects usually begin within 2 to 3 days, though response may occur more quickly or slowly. Occasional pain is aggravated for 1 to 2 days until the medication absorbs (begins to take effect). If your pain is responsive to the anti-inflammatory effect of the steroid you may experience full or partial improvement. Many patients require a series of 2 or 3 injections to reach maximum improvement.
Q: What if a procedure doesn’t work for me?
- We will see you in the office to discuss any remaining available options. We work with excellent surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiatrists and chronic pain medication physicians and can refer you to them if necessary.
If your question was not answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!