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Frequently Asked Questions
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Much like every other medical practice, we are contracted with your insurance to collect the amount due for the visit at the time of visit. Because it is the beginning of the year and the deductible has reset, this may mean you will be required to pay more than you usually do because you have not met your deductible. Please call and ask us at 214-560-2000 if you have any concerns about your deductible.
Absolutely not! We are an interventional pain management practice. What this means is that we reduce pain and improve function by performing pain relieving injections for the spine, joints, and tendons/ligaments. We do not solely just manage and prescribe opioids. We are not a chronic pain management pill center. If you are looking for a new and effective approach that actually gets results, we are the practice for you!
Please be aware that our providers may not prescribe controlled pain medications during your first visit, and any medication refills you need in the meantime would need to be coordinated with your current medication prescriber.
2) If you are already out of medication, talk with them about managing withdrawal symptoms.
3) Unfortunately, we cannot take over your prescription medications in an urgent situation like this.
Yes, we do, but selectively. Opioids can be part of a treatment regimen, just not the only treatment. Opioid prescriptions are not our main focus in your overall treatment. They are not effective for certain types of pain. Because they can be dangerous, they are often not the best option in the long term. We offer many other treatments that include epidurals and joint injections. We also treat injured or torn ligaments and tendons. This is a comprehensive approach with medications including muscle relaxants, visits to physical therapy, or chiropractic.
There is increasing evidence that taking opioids in the long term (more than a few days) is not effective to improve pain, function, mental health status, sleep, or depression. As a matter of fact, there is evidence that long term opioid use can increase overall pain as well as a risk of other serious harm.
The good news is that medication is only one part of effective pain management. A combination of approaches is often the best way to manage your pain. Our practice uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating pain. The whole focus of multidisciplinary programs is to get people functioning again. One of the drawbacks of long-term opiate use is many people who take these drugs over a long period of time lose physical function. Our goal is to restore physical function and to help you learn that chronic pain does not have to prevent you from living a full, active life. We will discuss several options that would be available to help you with your pain.
It is important to remember that chronic pain is not necessarily associated with ongoing damage to your body. This means that hurt doesn’t necessarily equal harm, and if no ongoing cause for the pain is found, you can slowly increase your physical activity despite a certain level of pain. This gradual approach to activity is called pacing.
Addiction occurs in susceptible individuals, and there are ways to figure out who may be more at risk. This may manifest as a craving for the medication and may include escalating dosages and drug seeking behavior.
We will need you to file a police report of the actual incident. We will refill medications early one time and one time only for this reason. Please safeguard your prescription from others.
The state of Texas requires that anyone who is prescribed opioids or benzodiazepines and certain other medications must have periodic urine drug screenings. While we collect the urine for the laboratory, we have nothing to do with the bills from the lab. We do not own any part of the laboratory business. The lab we use is in-network with all major insurance carriers and you may be required to pay a copay or pay something out-of-pocket if you have not met your deductible for the year. Please do NOT ask us to take care of the bill for the urine drug screenings as these bills are not issued from us.