Pain and Spine Management Services
Our pain and spine specialists provide a variety of advanced interventional, medical and psychological 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 pain, Atrium Health 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 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 or spine.
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 small surgeries) 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 physician, or an experienced nurse practitioner or physician assistant, will discuss your pain level, functional abilities and formulate further plans. Our nurse practitioners/physician assistants have over 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.