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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pain management injection?

There are several types of pain management injections including spinal injection, nerve blocks, muscle and joint injections. The goal is to provide long-term pain relief by delivering a combination of local anesthetic and steroids to a pain generator. Your procedure will be performed by a Board Certified Physician with x-ray or ultrasound guidance to ensure proper needle placement.

What should I wear to my procedure?

Please wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers or other metal fasteners. For some procedures, you may be asked to change into a cloth gown.

What should I wear to my procedure?

Please wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers or other metal fasteners. For some procedures, you may be asked to change into a cloth gown.

Are there medication restrictions for this procedure?

Yes. If you are on Coumadin, Heparin or Plavix, Asprin or other blood thinners, you will need to discontinue these medications prior to your procedure. You must consult your prescribing physician for approval before you stop taking your medication. If you have any questions, please talk to our clinical staff.

Can I eat or drink before my procedure?

Yes, unless you are directed otherwise.

How long will I be off work?

That is up to the physician but generally, patients are off work the day of a procedure. With advanced procedures, patients could be off for several days depending on the procedure and the patient’s line of work.

Does the procedure hurt?

Yes, but not very much. Pain is minimized with the use of local anesthetic agents. Every effort is made to maximize your comfort during the procedure. For some patients and/or for some procedures, intravenous sedation may be used. For all sedation procedures and implantation surgeries, patients are under the care of the anesthesia team.

How will I feel after the procedure?

You will be able to move about freely but may want to perform the only light activity for the remainder of the day. You may be instructed to have a driver take you home after your injection

Do you prescribe “pain medications”?

The Kansas Center for Pain Relief utilizes several methods to reduce or eliminate pain, therefore the patient may not require ongoing treatment with medications. There are patients, however, who do require the full range of pain management therapies, including the safe and appropriate prescribing of opioid (narcotic) medications. Relief, minimization of risk, and compliance with regulatory agencies is of paramount importance when utilizing these potent analgesics. The Kansas Center for Pain Relief will work closely with each patients referring physician, and conduct a comprehensive screening prior to consideration of opioid or narcotic therapies. Patients may not be prescribed analgesic therapies on their first clinic visit. If these therapies are employed, multiple modalities will be utilized to assess response, assess for side effects, and assess for compliance. OPIOID THERAPIES ARE NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ALL PATIENTS.