At Wake Forest Baptist Health, we understand the effect that pain can have on a person. Acute pain—like the type following surgery, pinched spinal nerve pain—can hinder the healing process and even lead to other health problems. Chronic pain can impact your day-to-day activities, work and outlook.
That’s why our pain and spine specialists are dedicated to providing effective and safe pain treatment services on both an outpatient and inpatient basis. We serve as a partner for our patients, working closely with you to identify the best pain care techniques for your individual needs.
Pain and Spine Management Services
Our pain and spine specialists provide a variety of advanced interventional, medical and psychological pain and spine specialty services for outpatients.
Our outpatient pain and spine specialists provide advanced interventional and medical pain services for patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic (persistent) pain of spine, musculoskeletal, cancerous, neuropathic and arthritic origin.
Outpatient Pain and Spine Management
For patients with acute, sub-acute or chronic (persistent) pain, Wake Forest Baptist offers effective and rapid outpatient pain and spine specialty services. Our goal is to ensure your safety while helping you live a full life that are not dictated by pain.
What Should I Expect?
During your first appointment, which usually lasts around 30 minutes, your pain and spine specialist physician will work with you to fully understand your pain condition. We will work to diagnosis (find) the problem leading to your pain which can be coming from your muscles, nerves and/or spine.
Please note that no pain medications are initiated at the first consultation visit.
Your initial appointment will include a physical examination. Your doctor may request diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scan, to better understand your condition. If such tests are required, your doctor may provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your appointment.
Next, your physician will work with you to develop a personalized pain and spine management plan. This may include medication, physical or occupational therapy, interventions (procedures) or a combination of approaches. There are circumstances that we may refer you to a spine surgeon for an evaluation for surgery, if needed. We will work with your primary care provider to facilitate your pain and spine management.
Following your initial appointment, follow-up appointments last up to 15 minutes. During these visits, you and our experienced nurse practitioner and/or physician assistant will discuss your pain level and formulate further plans. Our nurse practitioners/physician assistants have >30 years of cumulative pain experience. To further facilitate your needs at the follow-up appointments, be sure to review any changes in your pain level or any concerns with medications.