FAQ

Q:
How is the care you provide different than my primary care doctor?
A:
Most acute (short term) pain can easily be managed by your primary care physician. Those suffering from chronic pain may have their pain better managed by our doctors. Our physicians are board-certified with special training in pain management. This allows our doctors to provide specific pain management treatments that your doctor may not provide. However, during your course of treatment we work closely with your physician so that as a team we can best manage your condition.
Q:
What can I expect to happen when I visit AMG Pain Clinic?
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Patients can expect a thorough medical history, comprehensive physical examination and review of past diagnostic studies before we do a pain-specific evaluation and develop an effective and appropriate treatment plan. Your course of care also includes timely follow-up visits which allow for frequent monitoring and rapid treatment adjustments.
Q:
I have had to wait several months to see other specialists. How long is the waiting list to see one of your physicians?
A:
Our goal is to offer you an appointment within one week however the first visit for some patients may be dependent upon your health insurance plan’s preauthorization process.
Q:
Will my insurance pay for your services?
A:
The AMG Pain Clinic participates with most health insurance carriers including Workers’ Compensation. You may still be able to see one of our physicians using your out-of-network plan in the event we don’t participate with your health insurance plan. Our insurance coordinator will be able to assist you with your questions regarding benefit coverage for your health insurance plan.
Q:
Will my insurance cover everything?
A:
We have an insurance coordinator to assist you with your questions regarding co-payments, annual deductibles and out-of-network benefits as well as questions about durable medical equipment and prescription medications. However, each insurance carrier offers many different benefit plans. To be certain of your coverage, we encourage you to obtain complete information from your health insurance administrator before making health care decisions based on insurance coverage.
Q:
What instructions do I need to follow if I am having a procedure?
A:
Our staff will review your pre-procedure instructions with you at the time you schedule your appointment. Some general guidelines for patients scheduled for a procedure include:

  1. Discontinuing certain “blood thinner” medications. If you are taking blood thinners such as Coumadin, Ticlid, Plavix or Lovenox, please contact us for specific instructions. You do not have to discontinue the use of Aspirin.
  2. Arrange to have someone drive you if sedation is provided. Sedation will only be provided after discussion with your physician at the time of your consultation.
  3. We will also ask that you do not eat or drink for several hours prior to your procedure. This time frame varies by procedure so you should contact us for specific instructions.
  4. Please inform your doctor if you may be pregnant, have a bleeding disorder, acquired a recent cold, or newly diagnosed illness prior to your procedure.