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IMMEDIATE RELIEF TREATEMENTS

Our procedures are extremely successful in rehabilitating patients suffering from pain. Patients often come to our office with very high levels of pain, feeling discouraged and even hopeless.After the initial evaluation and treatment, most patients leave with a refreshed sense of hope. The key to the success of Flint Hills Pain Management is the quality professionalism and almost immediate results produced by our pain treatment systems. We tailor our pain management techniques to each individual patient's needs by accurately diagnosing their condition. There is no one-fits-all treatment. We focus on recommending the exact type of professional pain treatment that will give the fastest pain relief.

At Flint Hills Pain Management , you receive the specialized care required for your speedy recovery. Our patients respond to treatment rapidly to produce the desired results. That's what we're all about: results that give you back the quality of life you always enjoyed. We want to welcome you to a facility that has a caring group of doctors and staff who truly understand your pain and are well equipped to bring you the high level of care that you deserve.

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RECLAIM YOUR LIFE INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENTS
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Interventional Pain Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Chronic Pain

For chronic pain sufferers, finding relief from their pain can be difficult and time consuming. Sometimes patients are shuffled back and forth between primary care physicians, specialists, and therapists of all kinds in search of a solution to their pain problems. Interventional Pain Management can be a useful alternative for patients who have exhausted other treatment methods without success and may be the solution chronic pain sufferers are looking for. Read on to find out more about this emerging area of medicine.

What is Interventional Pain Management?
According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), interventional pain management is a "discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders." Interventional pain medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, in which a team of health care professionals works together, to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain.

The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient's overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Interventional pain management also strives to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavy reliance on medications.

Meet Your Medical Team

In cooperation with your primary care physician (or another physician who may refer you to an interventional pain management physician); the members of your medical team may include one or more of the following health care professionals:
Anesthesiologist fellowship trained in Pain Management , Physician specializing in spinal rehabilitation, Massage Therapists

Another important member of the team is you! In fact, interventional pain management emphasizes and relies on the full cooperation of patients throughout the treatment process in order for a successful outcome to be achieved.

Back Pain and Interventional Pain Management Treatments

For back pain sufferers, interventional pain management techniques can be particularly useful. In addition to a thorough medical history and physical examination, interventional pain management physicians have a wide array of treatments that can be used including the following:

Epidural injections (in all areas of the spine): the use of anesthetic and steroid medications injected into the epidural space to relieve pain or diagnose a specific condition.
Nerve, root, and medial branch blocks: injections done to determine if a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain. Blocks also can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
Facet joint injections: an injection used to determine if the facet joints are the source of pain. These injections can also provide pain relief.

Interventional pain management physicians often include other treatments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle modification (such as exercise, diet, and smoking cessation) to further enhance these procedures.

What Can You Expect?
At your first appointment with an Interventional Pain Management specialist, you will be given a thorough physical exam. The physician will also talk to you about your past medical history. If possible, try to bring with you any past x-rays or test results related to your pain condition.

It is also very important for you to inform the doctor about other treatments you have tried, including medications that you are currently taking. Be sure to include alternative therapies you may have tried such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, or massage. Your present condition will be discussed, including where your pain is located, the severity, when it occurs, and if you are experiencing other symptoms related to your pain.

Before any treatments are started, your interventional pain management physician will perform diagnostic tests to rule out other conditions that may present similar symptoms. These tests may include x-rays, CT scan, MRI, and possibly blood tests. Psychological evaluations may also be done at this time. The physician may perform additional studies (no need to if the studies are current and appropriate) and review past studies.

A thorough physical and diagnostic evaluation allows your medical information to be carefully analyzed. The result enables your interventional pain management specialist to design a comprehensive pain program specifically for you.

Once the treatment plan has been determined, your interventional pain management physician will help you to coordinate the therapies you need. In many cases, interventional pain management treatments and services are offered in one facility, eliminating the need to go from place to place to receive care. Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Your full participation in your treatment is important for a successful outcome.

You Are Not Alone
If you are suffering from chronic pain and have not been able to find treatment that provides relief, consider seeing an Interventional Pain Management physician. The comprehensive approach, with you as an important team member, may well be the answer you are looking for.

Works Cited

Thomas , Santosh A., and Mary Claire Walsh. "Interventional Pain Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Chronic Pain." Back Pain, Neck Pain, Sciatica - Symptoms Exercises Treatments Causes. N.p., n.d.

Patients suffering from sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, or spinal stenosis often find relief from steroid injections. In this procedure, both a steroid and a local anesthetic are injected into either the epidural space or the joint spaces in the spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be instructed to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. Once your skin and the surrounding tissues are numb, the injection is performed. The needle guides a tiny catheter to the area, which delivers the medication. After the needle and catheter are removed, you will need only a small bandage to protect the puncture wound as it heals. Most patients are able to go home immediately.

Physicians perform epidural injections with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is considered a safer alternative to surgery and heavy medication.Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable.

Benefits: The main benefit of this procedure is that most patients find that their pain is reduced immediately.In most cases, a series of injections will be performed over a period of time set by your physician. Doing multiple injections ensures that you receive maximum relief. Another benefit is the ability to avoid surgery and cut down or eliminate use of heavy medications. The procedure is especially effective for patients suffering from low back pain, leg pain, numbness, and/or tingling.

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The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves in the abdomen that sends pain signals to your brain from a variety of abdominal organs. Blocking these nerves from sending pain signals may be an appropriate way to manage pain originating from many of these organs. This type of block is commonly used to treat pain caused by cancers of the abdomen, especially pancreatic cancer, as well as other abdominal disorders such as chronic pancreatitis.

Procedure: Although the celiac plexus is in your abdomen, which we think of as being in the front of the body, the best way to reach it for the purposes of the block is through the back. For the procedure, you will be asked to lie on your stomach on a procedure table. Once your skin and the surrounding tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic, the injection is performed. Your physician will insert a long, thin needle to the proper area. This part of the procedure may be uncomfortable; accordingly, many patients are sedated to help them relax. After the needle is removed, you will need only a small bandage to protect the puncture wound as it heals. The entire procedure generally takes around thirty minutes, and most patients are able to go home immediately and return to their normal activities the next day.

Benefit: For most patients, relief from pain is immediate but may not be complete. It may take a series of several injections to obtain maximum relief. Patient response to the procedure varies a great deal, with some patients reporting extensive pain relief for a very long time, while others need numerous repeated injections to achieve relief. The main benefit is that most patients are able to cut down or eliminate use of heavy medications, increasing their quality of life as side-effects from pain medication are avoided.

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Patients suffering from neck-related pain conditions may find relief from cervical epidural steroid injections (CESIs). These injections are specifically designed to treat conditions caused by irritation of the spine and nerve roots located in the neck. These nerves can become irritated as the result of many spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis and bulging or herniated discs. Such conditions often result in radicular symptoms, meaning that painful or tingling sensations will shoot or radiate down one or both arms. These symptoms are referred to as cervical radiculopathy and can be highly uncomfortable to the point of becoming disruptive to daily activities. CESIs offer an alternative to surgery and heavy medication to help you feel better safely and quickly.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table or sit in a chair in a position where the physician can easily view the area. Your physician will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor then injects both steroids and additional anesthetic into the epidural space of the cervical spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.
Physicians perform the injection with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Benefits: The main benefit of CESIs is the immediate relief that most patients experience after just one injection. For some patients, multiple injections may be required to achieve optimal results. If partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Many conditions caused by irritation of the spine and nerve roots can be successfully treated with epidural steroid injections, commonly referred to as ESIs. These nerves can become irritated as the result of many spinal conditions, including spinal stenosis, bulging or herniated discs, and sciatica. Such conditions often result in radicular symptoms, meaning painful or tingling sensations that shoot or radiate down one or both legs (as in lumbar radiculopathy) or one or both arms (as in cervical radiculopathy). There are several different types of ESIs with different names depending on the location and method involved. Your pain specialist will determine the type of ESI that is right for you depending on the nature and severity of your condition.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor will then inject both steroids and an additional anesthetic into the epidural space of the spine. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation of the nerve roots and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Physicians perform epidural injections with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Benefits: A major benefit of all ESIs is that most patients experience immediate relief. If partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Inflammation of the facet joints of the spine is the most common cause of low back pain. Facet blocks determine which spinal facet joint is the source of pain. They also decrease or relieve pain by reducing inflammation around the spinal joint.

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Facet injections are another non-surgical option for patients suffering from neck and back pain. Similar to ESIs, facet injections reduce pain by alleviating the inflammation and irritation within the facet joints of the spine. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and sciatica are all treatable with facet injections.

Procedure: During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor will then inject both steroids and an additional anesthetic into the facet joint, which connects two vertebrae. The precisely-delivered medication reduces inflammation and relieves pain, allowing the body to heal. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable. Your physician may provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Injections are performed on an outpatient basis; most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Result and Benefits: The main benefit of facet injections is that most patients experience immediate relief. If only partial relief is achieved, your physician may recommend repeating the injections to further decrease your pain.

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Video Fluoroscopy: Using Breakthrough Technology with Pinpoint Accuracy
At Flint Hills Pain Management we take the accuracy of pain treatment very seriously. To make sure our treatments are done with best science can offer, we use a Video Fluoroscope. This marvel of technology enables the physician to see the pain area in a 3-dimensional x-ray video format. Pain treatment is 70% more accurate by means of this equipment.

Years of experience allow the doctors at Flint Hills Pain Management to achieve impressive results for patients suffering from pain. The procedures use small amounts of various medications directly applied to the source of the pain, which can significantly relieve acute and chronic pain conditions. Not only can we give fast relief for these painful conditions, but we can also help prevent flare-ups by rehabilitating the underlying weakness.

Services include:

Selective Nerve Root Blocks
Pain, usually caused by bulging/herniated discs and/or by arthritic impingement, is relieved or lessened by performing a selective nerve root block. Such a block helps determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around that nerve root.

Facet Blocks
Facet blocks help determine whether a specific spinal facet joint is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around that spinal joint. It decreases or relieves pain caused by facet inflammation, which is the most common cause of low back pain.

Peripheral Joint Blocks
Another common cause of low back pain is inflammation around the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which can be decreased or relieved by performing a peripheral joint block. Again, the block determines if the SI joint is the source of pain and reduces the inflammation around it.

Other peripheral joint blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine – shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist and other potential problem areas

Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
This treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

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A Ganglion Impar Block is a minimally-invasive procedure that can successfully treat pain originating in the perineal area, especially if your pain due to certain types of cancer. This procedure can also successfully eliminate or reduce pain for some patients suffering from spinal cord malformations, some genital disorders, and failed back surgery syndrome. Duration of relief varies, generally ranging from a few weeks to a few years. The procedure can be repeated if the first attempt is successful.

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The neck is a complex system of joints, ligaments, and muscles, any number of which can become injured or deteriorate and cause you pain. Whether your neck pain was brought on by a traumatic injury or is the result of a chronic condition, our team of doctors will give a professional diagnosis and prescribe a treatment system that can result in reducing or completely eliminating the pain.

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IntradiscalElectrothermal Therapy is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a probe into the painful disc. The probe applies heat to the area in an attempt to destroy the nerves that are causing pain. Recovery is generally quick, and the procedure is highly successful in the long-term. Recurrence of pain can be treated with a repeat procedure.

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Inflammatory joint conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis, and occasionally osteoarthritis) can be treated with joint injections (intra-articular injections). These injections are performed by inserting a needle into the affected joint to administer a dose of an anti-inflammatory agent (most commonly corticosteroids). This technique can also be used to remove excess fluid from the joint or to replace bursa fluids with another highly-viscous fluid.

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Therapeutic traction refers to therapies that safely and gently stretch or mobilize the spine. Traction can be manual (such as by a chiropractor or therapist) or mechanical (in which the patient is positioned by an apparatus). The goal is to reduce the patient's pain and improve range of motion. Traction is generally an option for treatment of all pain, except where the structural integrity of the spine is in question (e.g. osteoporosis).

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Patients suffering from arthritis in the neck and/or back may find relief from medial branch blocks. The medial branch nerves are responsible for relaying pain signals from the facet joints of the spine to the brain. Accordingly, blocking these nerves can relieve pain by preventing the pain signals from getting anywhere.

Procedure: For the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the injection site with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the physician will perform in the injection using x-ray fluoroscopy. The entire procedure is quick and relatively comfortable. Most patients are allowed to go home shortly after the procedure. Your physician will likely ask you to rate your pain shortly after the procedure and to continue to keep track of your pain after you go home to assess whether the injection was successful.

Benefits: Although the medial branch block provides immediate relief for most patients with facet joint-related pain, the relief does not last. However, it is an effective diagnostic tool in that relief from the block indicates that your pain is, in fact, originating from the facet joint. If that is the case, then a more long-term treatment such as radiofrequency ablation is likely to be beneficial.

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Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

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Patients suffering from occipital neuralgia and headaches caused by neck problems may find relief with occipital nerve blocks.This procedure numbs the greater and lesser occipital nerves with an injection consisting of an anesthetic and a corticosteroid. These nerves lie just under the skin on the back of your head. Your doctor may also suggest that a facet joint injection in your neck be performed to achieve total relief.

Procedure: As with other injection procedures, your physician will number the area with a local anesthetic prior to performing the block. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are number, the very thin needle will be inserted to deliver the medicine directly to the area surrounding the occipital nerves.

Result and Benefits: Patient response to the occipital nerve block varies widely.If the first injection achieves the desired result, then your doctor will know that you are suffering from occipital neuralgia. In that case, it is recommended that the procedure is repeated, since a series of blocks usually satisfactorily treats the problem. You may also be a good candidate for occipital nerve stimulation.

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Peripheral joint blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine, such as the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, or hip. These injections are performed with the assistance of x-ray fluoroscopy to ensure accurate delivery of medication to the problem area.

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Peripheral nerve stimulation, or PNS, is used to control chronic pain by means of electrical situation to the nerves that are transmitting pain signals. The peripheral nerves are distinct from the nerves of the spine, and therefore are not treatable with the same techniques used on the spinal nerve roots.

To begin with, an electrical stimulation device will be installed on a trial basis. If you find that your pain is reduced sufficiently, then a permanent unit will be a good option. The permanent stimulator lies under the skin and inhibits the pain-causing nerves from transmitting their pain signals to the brain, making you more comfortable.

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Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Similar to epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections are the precise delivery of medication (specifically steroids and local anesthetic) to the nerve roots of the sacroiliac joint space. The SI joints connect the pelvis and spine; accordingly, any inflammation within the SI joints can lead to severe low back pain. The injection reduces inflammation and associated irritation of the nerve roots, relieving pain and allowing the body to heal.

Procedure: The procedure for an SI joint injection is similar to that of an ESI. During the procedure, you will be asked to lay face-down on a procedure table. Your physician will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Once the skin and surrounding tissues are numb, the doctor then injects both steroids and additional anesthetic into the SI joint. Most likely, your physician will provide intravenous sedation to help you relax throughout the procedure and tolerate any discomfort.

Physicians perform the injection with the aid of x-ray fluoroscopy. The x-ray guides the physician in proper placement of the needle to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. It is performed on an outpatient basis.Most patients are able to go home immediately with only a small bandage over the area. Your physician will most likely ask you to rate your pain immediately after the procedure and continue to keep track of your level of pain once at home so you can determine how successful the injection was.

Result and Benefits: SI joint injections are considered a highly effective treatment for SI joint disease. Patients report that this procedure is brief and relatively comfortable.Most patients report immediate relief to some degree, allowing them to reduce their use of pain medicine and increase their daily activity.

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Selective nerve root blocks help determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then help to reduce inflammation around that nerve root with an injection of medicine directly to the problem area.

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A sphenopalatineganglion block is a nonsurgical procedure designed to treat facial and head pain such as headaches and trigeminal neuralgia.

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Stellate Ganglion Block is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to relieve pain in patients suffering from many conditions, including complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and phantom limb pain.

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The Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses an injection to treat chronic pelvic pain. This block is especially effective against cancer-related pain, as well as pain originating from many organs of the abdominal and pelvic region.

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This procedure delivers a local anesthetic to a sympathetic ganglion, one of a number of nerve bundles in the body. If your pain condition originates from one of these bunches of nerves, then a sympathetic block may provide instant and complete relief of your pain.

Procedure: The block is performed by injecting a local anesthetic to numb the area first. Your physician may also administer a mild sedative to help you relax and tolerate any discomfort. Using x-ray guidance, the pain-relieving medication is then introduced to the sympathetic nerve ganglion by way of a very thin needle. Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to rate your pain in order to determine whether the block was successful.

Result and Benefits: If the block is not successful, then your doctor will be able to rule out a potential diagnosis. If your pain is completely relieved after the procedure, however, then not only does your pain go away, but also your physician has confirmed that your pain did in fact originate from the sympathetic nervous system. Most patients in this situation find that they are able to reduce or completely eliminate use of heavy pain medication and return to their normal level of activity.

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To replace heavy oral medication, therapeutic injections can deliver the necessary treatment directly to the affected area, offering instant relief. Usually after swallowing pain medication, one needs to wait until the ingredients "kick in", while therapeutic injection offers relief almost instantly. With traditional medication, the entire body absorbs the pain medicine, making patients drowsy, sleepy, or unable to sleep, disabling the patient from leading a normal life. Therapeutic injections offer a more reliable and accurate treatment with better results but fewer or no side effects.

Selective Nerve Root Blocks
Pain, usually caused by bulging/herniated discs and/or by arthritic impingement, is relieved or decreased by performing a selective nerve root block. Such a block helps to determine whether a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and then helps to reduce inflammation around the nerve root.

Facet Blocks
Facet blocks help to determine whether a specific spinal facet joint is the source of pain and also helps to reduce inflammation around the spinal joint. It decreases or relieves pain caused by facet inflammation, which is the most common cause of low back pain.

Peripheral Joint Blocks
Another common cause of low back pain is inflammation around the sacroiliac (SI) joint, which can be decreased or relieved by performing such a block. Again, the block determines if the SI joint is the source of pain and reduces the inflammation around it, offering instant pain relief and valuable diagnostic information. Such blocks are used for treatment of areas away from the spine – shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, and other potential problem areas.

Myofascial Trigger Point Treatment
This treatment is used to help areas of the muscle that have hypersensitive zones because of the accumulation of toxins and other by-products of injury.

For more information about Flint Hills Pain Management call (785) 320-7576 or fill out our on-line inquiry form.

Although less detailed than an MRI or CT scan, x-rays are a quick, comfortable way for your doctor to take pictures of the inside of your body. X-ray is an important primary diagnostic tool.

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NEW PATIENT INFORMATION

Little to nothing! The staff at Interventional Pain Management Center will schedule your procedure and provide you with the date and time, along with further instructions.
On the day before your procedure, you can expect a phone call from one of our nurses, who will ask you a number of questions about your medical history and provide you with specific instructions and reminders. If you have any questions, the nurse will be happy to provide you with any information you need.

To ensure that your procedure is a success, it is very important that you understand and follow the instructions below. If you do not understand the instructions or have any questions, please ask the nurse when she calls or contact our office at 123.456.7890.

Remember:

  • NO food or drink (including water) in the eight hours before your procedure
  • NO smoking the day of your procedure
  • Please discuss with your doctor any medications you are taking to determine whether they can be safely taken in the days prior to your procedure
  • Fill out a list of the medications you are taking and bring it with you to your procedure appointment
  • If you become ill (such as a fever, congestion, cough, or rash), please contact our office right away so we can determine whether the procedure should be rescheduled

You will need to arrive at our facility one hour before your procedure appointment time.

Please see below for a list of reminders about how to prepare for your procedure:

  • We encourage bathing prior to your procedure.
  • Do not apply any product to your skin,including lotion or oil.
  • Do not wear perfume, body splash, or other fragranced products.
  • If your procedure will involve your hand or foot, please be sure to remove any nail polish so that your nails are fully visible.
  • Be sure to wear something comfortable, preferably baggy clothing that can be pulled on over a potentially large bandage. Make sure your shoes are also comfortable and easy to walk in.

Please be sure to bring the following:

  • Photo ID (required by law to prevent insurance fraud).
  • A complete list of medications.
  • A friend or family member to drive you home; any anesthesia will leave you unable to drive due to the potential for sleepiness or dizziness.
  • If you are having a surgical procedure, we cannot let you leave the facility unless you are with an adult, such as a friend or family member. Your escort can either wait here until your procedure is complete or can come back to get you when you are ready to leave.
  • Any aids you need to see or hear, such as a hearing aid or glasses (as well as something to put them in when you have to take them off).
  • If you wear contacts or dentures, you will need to take them out prior to the procedure, so please be sure to bring cases for them.

However, do NOT bring:

  • Jewelry, watches, and other valuables. You will not be able to wear them or keep them with you during the procedure and we cannot be responsible for keeping them safe while you are here.
  • Cell phones (they cannot be used in our facility for safety and out of courtesy to other patients).
  • Children, unless they are well-supervised by another parent or other responsible adult.
  • Anything item that you would not want to lose or get damaged. Again, our staff cannot be responsible for personal belongings.

If you have any questions about your procedure prep or whether something is OK to bring or not, please contact our staff and we will be happy to assist you!

When you enter the building, please go to the front desk, where a member of our staff will ask you to present your ID. Once you have been checked-in, you will be asked to wait in our comfortable waiting room until the nurse calls you back.

Note: While you are here for your procedure, each medical professional that you interact with will ask you a similar set of questions, including your name, your date of birth, whether you have drug allergies, and what procedure you are having. These questions ensure your safety by reducing the risk of medical error. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Once the nurse calls you back, you will need to change into a gown for the procedure. The nurse will provide you with instructions. At this time, you will also need to remove any contact lenses, dentures, and any objects that are not a part of your body (such as piercings, prosthetics, hearing aids, jewelry, etc.). The nurse will let you know what to do with these items.

Once you are in your gown, the nurse will check your temperature, blood pressure, and other vital signs and ask you a number of questions about your medical history and drug allergies. These questions may be similar to those you were asked on the phone the day before your procedure; please answer them carefully, as we need to be very thorough with this information to ensure your safety.

You will be asked about what you had to eat or drink (if anything) prior to the procedure. For your own safety, we will have to reschedule your procedure if you had anything to eat or drink within a certain time period. If your stomach is not completely empty, you could experience extremely dangerous complications during the procedure.

Once you have spoken with the nurse, you will then meet with the anesthesiologist, who will again review your medical history and discuss the nature of the anesthesia with you. If you have any questions about the anesthesia, the doctor will be happy to answer them for you. After you have been fully prepped, you will likely have to wait a bit longer before being taken to the procedure room. Please try to be patient in the event of a delay; while we value your time and strive to run on schedule, occasional delays due to urgent cases are unavoidable.

After your procedure, you will be moved to a recovery room where nurses will monitor your condition. If needed, the nurses may also administer medication prescribed by the anesthesiologist for pain relief, nausea, or other symptoms. You can expect to have monitoring equipment or even an oxygen mask on when you wake.

Most likely, you will need to stay in recovery for at least 15-20 minutes and perhaps up to a couple of hours or longer, until you are comfortable. Once you and your physician are confident that you are well enough to go home, you will be cleared for discharge.

At this point, your clothes and any other belongings (such as glasses, etc.) will be returned to you and you will be allowed to dress. The nurse will review the doctor’s discharge instructions with you, including diet, care for the surgery site, your follow-up appointment, any restrictions, and when to call the doctor. The nurse will give you a copy of the discharge instructions, which will include a number to call if you have any questions or develop any uncomfortable symptoms. You will also be told what to do in the case of an emergency, as well as what constitutes an emergency. Please do not hesitate to ask questions.

Once you feel comfortable and are familiar with your discharge instructions, you will be escorted to your car to continue recovery at home. Remember, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home. To maximize your recovery, please be sure to follow your discharge orders, in addition to the following instructions:

  1. Be sure that a family member or friend can stay with you for at least a day or so after your procedure to make sure that you are comfortable.
  2. Do not drive for a couple of days after your procedure. Although you may not feel sedated, the anesthesia takes a couple of days to fully wear off and you may still experience dizziness or sleepiness.
  3. Do not drink alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
  4. If you are given a prescription for pain medication after the procedure, be sure to have it filled even if you do not think you will need it. Sometimes pain can increase in the days after the procedure, so you may find that you do need it after all.
  5. Be sure to keep your follow-up appointment so the doctor can confirm that you are healing well.

You should receive a phone call from a member of our staff within a few days after your procedure. Our staff will want to check on you and be sure that you are recovering well.

If you develop symptoms that you think may be life threatening or are experiencing any kind of medical emergency, call 911! Do not call the office.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, please call our office right away. Someone from our office (the physician, the physician’s staff, or a physician on-call) will always be available to either take your call or call you back within an hour or so. Symptoms that you should let us know about right away include:

  1. Fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees)
  2. Excessive bleeding from the wound
  3. Pus or any foul-smelling discharge coming from the wound
  4. Nausea and/or vomiting
  5. Excessive sleepiness
  6. Excessive pain
  7. Redness around the wound, especially if it travels up the arm or leg, or otherwise spreads out from the wound

In the event that you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself (such as while you are under anesthesia), an advance health care directive lets your medical providers know who will be making decisions on your behalf and whether you have any preferences as to the type of medical treatments you will receive. If you have one, you should make sure that Interventional Pain Management Center has a copy before your procedure. We will put it in your chart and have it on hand to refer to in the event it is needed. You should also give a copy to the decision-maker named in the directive, your physicians, and any other family members that you think should have a copy.

If you do not have an advance health care directive, you may want to consider creating one. The contents of advance health care directives vary by state. This web site provides a list of helpful links to state government agencies, legal associations, or medical associations that provide free forms where you can make a directive or living will for yourself: http://estate.findlaw.com/estate-planning/living-wills/state-living-will-forms.html. Or, you can hire an attorney to draft the document for you.

At Interventional Pain Management Center, we believe in providing our patients with the highest level of care. As part of our commitment to quality care, we have established the following patient rights, which all our physicians and staff adhere to (see below). Please note that if a patient is not legally responsible for making his or her own medical decisions, these rights will be extended or in some cases transferred to the designated decision maker where appropriate.

1. All patients will be treated with kindness and respect.

2. The highest quality treatment will be provided to all patients regardless of their age, sex, race, language, religion, cultural background, or financial situation.

3. We will make sure you know the name and role of anyone involved in your care. You will be introduced to anyone who is in the room for any consultation, procedure, or the like. You will also be made aware of which physician is in charge of your care while you are at our facility.

4. We will respect your privacy and will ensure that you are able to discuss your condition and treatment with your medical provider in private. Likewise, our staff will not discuss you or your treatment outside of the office, in the presence of other patients, or with any staff member who does not need to know about your condition or treatment.

5. We also extend our respect for your privacy to your medical records and other documents associated with your care. Your records will be treated confidentially and will not be released to any other party without your written consent, unless required by law or court order.

6. We will ensure that you are fully aware of the nature of your condition, possible treatments, risks and benefits, rationale for diagnosis, potential for recovery, and the like. We will provide this information to you in such a way that you will be able to understand. You will be encouraged to ask questions, and your questions will be answered thoroughly and with respect.

7. Your input and treatment preferences will be valued and encouraged when your physician is advising you on the best course of treatment for your condition.

8. We want you to be comfortable and satisfied with your care. Accordingly, if you would like to change from one physician to another within our office, we will be happy to assist you.

9. When you leave our facility after a procedure or appointment, we will provide you with clear information regarding your next appointment, follow-up care, discharge instructions, and/or instructions for how/when to contact the office as needed.

10. We will do all we can to assist you in meeting your financial obligations to our facility, including payment plans and insurance billing.

11. We believe in providing our patients with as much information as possibleso that they can take an active role in their treatment. Accordingly, we will make the following information readily available to patients:

  • This list of patient rights
  • Information about advance health care directives
  • Descriptions of our treatments, procedures, and facility
  • Background information on medical professionals in our office, such as training, credentials, and prior experience
  • Steps to take when you need to reach us after-hours
  • What to do in the event of an emergency
  • A list of what we charge for our services and our policies for payment, late payment, and insurance billing
  • Information on how to reach our patient advocate in the event that you have a complaint, compliment, or suggestion

12. In the interest of ensuring that patients have appropriate and accurate information, we will ensure:

  • that our advertising, web site, brochures, and other published materials are not confusing, misleading, or inaccurate.
  • that patients are able to understand the information we provide them. If needed, we will obtain translation services or produce information that is written, oral, etc. to ensure comprehension.
  • that patients are made aware of any financial interest that their physician may have in his or her treatment.

13. We will respect your right to express complaints about your treatment.We will listen to your complaint with respect and respond appropriately. Formal complaints should be addressed to our patient advocate: ________________________________________________________. In the event that you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you can contact the following governing or accrediting body or bodies:________________________________________________________.

In addition to patient rights, above, patients also have several responsibilities in order to receive care at our facility:

  1. Patients are expected to treat the staff, other patients, and patients’ friends or family members with respect and courtesy.
  2. Patients must behave in such a way that does not hinder their treatment or the treatment of others. Accordingly, patients must cooperate with staff requests for the sake of everyone’s safety and comfort.
  3. Patients must assume financial responsibility for services received at our facility.
  4. Patients must provide all requested information to ensure appropriate treatment, such as previous medical history and a copy of the patients advanced health care directive or living will, if applicable.
  5. Patients must follow doctor’s orders after discharge to ensure maximum recovery and safety. This may include finding a friend or family member to drive the patient home after a procedure and/or stay with the patient for 24 hours after the procedure.

This page details how documents and information about you, your medical history, and/or your treatment in our facility will be handled. If you have any questions about this information, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you.

Our privacy policies follow legal requirements set forth by federal, state, and local governing bodies, including The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). From time to time, we may need to change our privacy notice. Should a new version of our privacy notice be created, you will be offered an updated copy at your next appointment.

Any medical professional working in our facility (including physicians, staff, residents, students, and volunteers) are subject to the following policies/procedures:

  1. We will make all patients aware of our privacy policies by providing each patient with a copy of this notice.
  2. We will express our commitment to your privacy by keeping your personal or medical information totally private. Any records we create will be maintained at our office and not released to any other party without your written consent, unless required by law or court order.
  3. We may need to disclose personal or medical information about you to other parties in order to ensure your safety or coordinate your care. Medical staff will need to be informed about your condition in order to provide treatment. Also, in the event of a referral to an outside agency such as a home health nurse or another physician’s office, we may need to disclose personal or medical information to coordinate appropriate care.
  4. In order to bill to your insurance company, we may need to disclose medical or personal information in order to show which procedures or services were provided so that we can receive appropriate payment.
  5. When we call to remind you of your appointment, we may need to disclose information, such as the day, time, and location of your appointment, when leaving a message with your family, office, or answering machine. We will only call the phone number you have provided when trying to reach you for an appointment reminder. Also, you may specify in writing the manner in which you prefer that we contact you (see patient privacy rights, below).
  6. We may disclose personal and medical information to any person who is a decision maker for you. Also, you may request in writing that we share information with anyone whom you wish us to be able to discuss your condition, such as a spouse, friend, or family member.

As the patient, you have several rights with regard to your medical record at our facility, including:

  1. The right to read and obtain a copy of your medical record, including reports and billing information. To obtain a copy of your record, please send a request in writing to: ________________________________________________________. We may require that you complete a HIPAA-compliant request and authorization form. In addition, we may charge a reasonable fee for the cost of producing the copy (such as labor, postage, and supplies).
  2. The right to request that we amend any information in your record that you believe is inaccurate. To do so, please send a request in writing to: ________________________________________________________. Your request must detail the inaccuracy and how you believe it should be corrected. If your request fails to supply this information, we will not be able to accept your correction. Also, we will not accept your correction if it does not apply to our record (for example, if the part of the record in question is regarding a report generated by another facility that is merely copied in our record) or if the information is, in fact, accurate. Should your request be denied and you are still not satisfied with the record, we encourage you to supply a short written statement regarding the issue, which we will include in the record along with the information in question.
  3. The right to receive a list of all disclosures of your information that have been made outside of the normal uses for treatment and payment. To obtain this information, please send a request in writing to: ________________________________________________________. Please be sure to include a date range for the disclosures you are looking for. We are happy to provide you with this information free of charge once; any additional requests will be subject to a reasonable fee.
  4. The right to request that we restrict access to your medical information. For example, while you may allow us to share information with a family member, you may request that we exclude a particular procedure or condition from this information. We may not always be able to comply with your request, but will be happy to take it into consideration if received in writing. Please send a written request to: .Be sure to note what information you want restricted and whom you want the information restricted from.
  5. The right to specify the location and/or manner in which we communicate with you. Please send a written request to: ________________________________________________________. Be sure to specify how you would prefer to be contacted (by phone, mail, etc.) and at which location(s) (work, school, home, etc.). We will be happy to adhere to your request as long as it is reasonable (i.e. not overly burdensome or complicated).
  6. The right to a copy of our privacy policies. We provide all patients with a copy of our privacy policies at their first visit and at any visit after a revised policy notice is created. However, if you need an additional copy in the future, please feel free to request one and we will be happy to provide it to you.
  7. The right to revoke any previously authorized permission to disclose information. At any time, you may provide us with written authorization to share your medical or personal information with any individual or company. However, in the event that you no longer wish that we share this information, you can provide us with a written request and we will stop sharing said information with that person or company. Of course, we cannot undo any sharing of information that has already occurred with your permission. Please send written requests to share or revoke sharing of information to: ________________________________________________________. Be sure to specify which person(s) you would like to authorize or revoke authorization for disclosure.

Should you have any complaints about our privacy policies or about how your medical or personal information is being used, please contact our patient advocate at: ________________________________________________________. All complaints and/or questions will be treated with respect and responded to appropriately. Should you not be satisfied with our response, you can contact the following governing body:________________________________________________________.

IMPORTANT: The information you find on this web page is only for orientation and is NOT to be mistaken for professional medical advice. This information does not express Flint Hills Pain Management 's doctors' opinions, and the doctors are not responsible for any misunderstandings or confusion caused by information posted on this web page. You should always discuss your treatment program, risks, and benefits in detail with your physician.