At the Pain Center, our staff will approach your case individually and objectively. The causes of your pain will be evaluated thoroughly and a treatment program developed for your individual needs. Your program will be geared toward maximizing your potential and increasing your functional capabilities.
Patients will receive an initial evaluation by a medical specialist. This evaluation will consist of a review of available medical records, history and physical, and detailed report of findings, including diagnosis and existing treatment plan. Patients needing further diagnostic studies for complaints of pain may receive additional diagnostic services, such as X-rays, CTs, and MRIs.
Treatment plan designed for you
After your initial evaluation, a treatment program will be developed just for you. The treatment will be directed at relieving your pain, teaching you how to manage pain, and increasing your ability to work and carry out a normal lifestyle. The Pain Center uses a variety of methods to accomplish these goals.
Rest assured, despite the nature, cause, or severity of your pain, the Pain Center will provide you with a superior range of programs and clinical options.
What you need for your first visit
On your first visit, please bring any X-rays, MRI, CT, or films relating to your pain condition.
We also complete a thorough review of medications. Bring a list of all the medications (prescription and over-the-counter) you are currently taking, including the name, dosages, frequency, and length of time you have been taking them. Please bring a similar list of the medications you have taken within the past year, but not currently taking, including the effectiveness of each medication and why you stopped taking them. Any drug allergies or sensitivities you have should be noted prominently.
Your physician's office should be able to assist you in obtaining these films and records.
Making your appointments
The Pain Center services are available by appointment only. If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. We ask you contact us at least 24 hours in advance.
When you arrive at the hospital for your appointment
- Arrive at the Outpatient Care Center at least 15 minutes prior to your first appointment. You can register at the reception window. A member of our staff will welcome you when it is time for your appointment.
- Appointment lengths may vary based upon the type of visit you have scheduled. A guest may accompany you to the appointment. If an invasive procedure, such as an injection, is to be performed, you will be encouraged to bring a licensed driver with you.
- No invasive procedure will be performed without your written, informed consent. Should you decide to refuse a treatment recommendation, or to delay treatment for any reason, our staff will respect that decision.
If you have any questions for the nurse or doctor, please phone (812) 524-4253 or toll-free (800) 234-9222, ext. 50253. Your call will be returned between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.