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 – 4:00 pm. Many common questions are answered on this page.
Specialty Pain Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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, biofeedback, pain management education, individual therapy and group therapy.
Physical therapy includes a therapy assessment, treatment plan, follow-up and home exercise programs.
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.
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.
The injections can be uncomfortable but sedation is offered to provide comfort and relaxation at the time of injection therapy.
Meadville Medical Center’s Clinic for Specialty Pain Services requires a physician referral.
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.
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.