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Treatment FAQ

At Advanced Pain Medicine Associates, we want our patients to feel comfortable asking any questions they might have about their treatment plan. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t listed here, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor next time you’re in the office.

What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain lasts for a short amount of time, and is usually the result of an injury or illness. Chronic pain is an ongoing condition that affects your everyday life.

Will my treatment be painful?
Most of the treatment plans and procedures performed at Advanced Pain Medicine Associates have little to no pain associated with them. If we expect your treatment to be painful, we will apply a local anesthetic before we begin. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse what kind of pain you can expect from your procedure.

How do I know when it’s time to seek out a pain management specialist?
If your pain hasn’t responded to normal medicine and treatments by your primary care doctor, it’s probably time to seek out a specialist. Advanced Pain Medicine Associates only accepts patients by referral, so talk to your primary doctor if you think it’s time.

If I start taking narcotic painkillers/opioids, will I become addicted?
At Advanced Pain Medicine Associates, we take great care to make sure all our patients on pain medications use them properly. As long as you follow direct instructions, you won’t have any problems with addiction. We do monthly pain pill counts and quarterly random drug screenings to make sure our patients are taking the right amount of pills.

I’m going to be getting an injection (epidural, sacroiliac, or nerve block)- how long will it take?
Injections are quick- they normally only take about 10-15 minutes to complete.