Specialty Pain Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Meadville Medical Center (MMC) Pain Management
Our Clinic for Specialty Pain Services serves patients throughout Crawford
County and surrounding communities. Contact our office at (814) 333-5736.
We are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Many common
questions are answered on this page.
What types of services are provided at the Meadville Medical Center’s
Clinic for Specialty Pain Services?
The major injections include: Epidurals- cervical, thoracic, and lumbar.
Also there are injection procedures called sympathetic blocks, radio-frequency
neurolysis, spinal cord stimulators and fluoroscopy.
Minor injections include: Posterior division nerve blocks, trigger point
injections, bursa injections, sacra-iliac injections and occipital nerve blocks.
Behavioral services include: Relaxation therapy, stress management, bio-feedback,
pain management education, individual therapy and group therapy.
Physical therapy includes a therapy assessment, treatment plan, follow-up
and home exercise programs.
What can I expect when I come to the Meadville Medical Center’s Clinic
for Specialty Pain Services?
You will first be evaluated by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician
assistant. This evaluation will include discussions about past medical
history, pain history, and treatments prior to coming to the Meadville
Medical Center’s Clinic for Specialty Pain Services. Prior diagnostic
studies will be reviewed. A physical assessment will be completed. Treatment
options will be reviewed using a multi-disciplinary plan of treatment.
You will be given follow up appointments and instructions to carry out
the plan of treatment.
What should I expect if I am given an injection?
Sedation is often given at the time of injections to promote relaxation
and comfort. If receiving sedation, the patient needs a ride home. Patients
are asked to avoid aspirin seven days before their appointment to avoid
bleeding complications from injections.
Will the injections hurt?
The injections can be uncomfortable but sedation is offered to provide
comfort and relaxation at the time of injection therapy.
Do I need a physician referral?
Meadville Medical Center’s Clinic for Specialty Pain Services requires
a physician referral.
Will my insurance cover my treatment?
Most insurance accepted by the hospital are accepted by the clinic's
physicians. Most insurances cover treatment, but it is recommended that
you check with your insurance carrier to see what your plan covers. There
will be two bills generated from your visit to the Meadville Medical Center’s
Clinic for Specialty Pain Services; one is for the professional services
of the physician, and the other is a facility charge by the hospital.
What information will I need for registration?
If you have not been contacted by telephone prior to your office visit,
you will need to report to the registration office at Grove Street to
provide your insurance.