Pain Management Program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot
The Pain Management Program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot treats common pain syndromes to reduce pain and increase function. These include neck pain, whiplash, low back pain, sciatica and pain caused by herniated discs and arthritis. In addition, less common pain disorders such as shingles (Herpes Zoster), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD or CRPS), fibromyalgia, and diabetic neuropathy are also treated. At the time of initial consultation, the goals of treatment will be discussed. While it is not always possible to eliminate the pain, the goal is to reduce the pain as much as medically possible.
About the Providers
The Pain Management Network physicians are anesthesiologists with specialized training in the diagnosis, management of and treatment of pain. They offer the latest in pain management care to local patients either directly in Alma or by networking with their pain care resources in Lansing. Our doctors also practice at the pain center in Lansing which is the only pain center in central Michigan accredited by the two most prestigious national accrediting organizations: The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Now the same pain doctors access to pain care resources are available close to home.
Patients must be referred to the Pain Management Program by their doctor. Upon receiving the referral, a staff member will coordinate the appointment and evaluation. Copies of the medical records for prior evaluation or treatment may be needed. For more information, call (989) 466-3247. Referrals can be faxed to (989) 466-7420.
Initial Consultation and Treatment Plan
The Pain Management Network physician and nurse practitioner will thoroughly evaluate your pain during the initial consultation and develop a specific treatment plan. If the treatment plan includes pain treatment procedures (i.e., nerve blocks), these will be scheduled after the initial consultation.
The pain treatment plan may include injections (nerve blocks or interventional management), medications, physical therapy and/or psychological support. The expected duration of a treatment plan will be discussed during the initial consultation. Depending on response to treatment, the duration of treatment may change; however, the plan of care will always be discussed with the patient.
- Medications - Medication treatment will depend on the individual pain condition. At the initial consultation the physician will discuss any medication plans if necessary to treat the pain problem.
- Procedures - Our pain specialist will often recommend treatment or diagnosis of a pain condition with injection procedures. These procedures include epidural (spinal) injections, various blocks or catheter guided techniques. Fluoroscopy (x-ray) is used for most procedures. The duration of any procedure depends on the procedure and the individual. Sedation is offered for most procedures which require a longer preparation and recovery time. Specific details, including procedure risks, benefits and duration will be discussed prior to scheduling any procedures.
Comfort During Procedures
Intravenous sedation is available for most procedures. Intravenous sedation does not guarantee that the individual will sleep through his/her procedure, but it is adequate to provide comfort for the treatments.
Prior to proceeding with the initial evaluation or a treatment plan, staff will work with you to discuss applicable co-pays and deductibles. We will need up-to-date insurance information to help us verify insurance coverage. However, every individual coming to the MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot Pain Management Program is responsible to know his/her insurance coverage limits and co-pay requirements.