Treating pain is tricky, and there are many barriers that can prevent a patient from getting proper pain care. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the potential obstacles that may stand in your way of getting the pain management care you need.
Health insurance is perhaps the biggest potential obstacle that patients face when seeking pain management care. The doctor or clinic you want to visit may not be covered under your insurance plan. That’s why it’s important to always check with the clinic and your insurance provider to get the full details of coverage before you make an appointment. Most clinics (including ours!) will help you to determine whether or not a particular appointment or treatment is covered under your plan.
Scheduling conflicts are another big potential barrier for patients. Many pain clinics are only open during normal business hours. If you can’t get off work during the day for a couple hours, it can be difficult to schedule an appointment. In addition to work schedules, many patients have family obligations to consider. For example, if you have an appointment after work, do you take your child with you, or arrange a babysitter?
Doctors are another potential obstacle to getting the pain relief you need. Some doctors may think you’re exaggerating your pain, while other physicians may be fixated on a treatment strategy that just isn’t working for the patient. This highlights the importance of getting multiple opinions about your pain and treatment options.
Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN has more than two decades of experience treating Minnesotans for chronic and acute pain. Our pain management physicians work with each patient to provide an individualized treatment strategy. Each patient is different, and each treatment approach should fit the patient’s unique needs. We understand that various obstacles can prevent you from getting the pain care you need. That’s why we do everything we can to help patients with insurance questions, appointment issues, and other factors that may be standing in the way of the pain relief you deserve. Contact us today at our Edina pain clinic to set up your appointment with one of our Twin Cities pain doctors.