Frequently Asked Questions

Location

10730 Ketchum Valley Drive
Riverview Florida 33579

 

What do I need for my first appointment?

You will need to bring the completed paperwork you received from Interventional Pain Specialists (either via mail or you can download this from our “Forms” section) as well as your driver license, insurance card and any pertinent imaging.

 

What can I expect at my first appointment?

You will see one of our experienced and highly-trained doctors. They will review your medical records and imaging, perform an exam, and create a personalized treatment plan for your individual pain management needs.

 

How long will my first appointment take?

The length of your first appointment will depend upon the complexity of your case. Typically patients spend 30 minutes to one hour with the doctor. We advise all of our new patients to allot two hours for their initial appointment.

 

Can I have an injection on the same day as my consult?

A patient’s first appointment is meant solely as a consult and does not typically involve an injection. However, should the circumstances call for it and there is room on the schedule this is a possibility.

 

Will you prescribe pain medications for me?

We are primarily an interventional pain clinic and, while we do sometimes utilize medications in conjunction with injections as a way of controlling pain, we do not typically prescribe medication as a sole means of treatment. However, we look at everyone’s case individually. We can address your questions at the time of your first visit.

Do I have to bring a driver with me to my appointment?

For patients planning on getting a procedure, you are required to have an adult over the age of 18 stay at the procedure center for the duration of the procedure and drive you home. If you plan to take a taxi, then an adult over 18 years of age must accompany you before and after the procedure.

 

Can I eat or drink anything before an injection?

For patients planning on having conscious sedation, you MAY NOT eat or drink anything within 6 hours of your scheduled appointment. This is required to lessen the possibility of aspiration during your procedure.

 

What should I do with my post-procedure diary?

Some injections are diagnostic in nature. This means that our providers are using the injection to determine exactly what nerves are causing your pain. The post-procedure diary is designed to help patients monitor the effectiveness of the injection which will tell our providers if they located the correct nerves.