If you're having chronic pain, and you want options to manage the pain, you'll need to know how to get a referral for a pain management specialist. This means you have already investigated the medical problem via your general practitioner and another specialist. You've also probably had exams and medical tests, such as MRI or CAT scan to assess the cause of the pain and the suggested type of pain management. It's important that you have a clear understanding of the cause of the pain because not all medical problems qualify for long-term pain management.
Consult with your primary doctor. Most insurance companies will ask for a referral to a pain management specialist or your general physician. If, for example, you have been suffering from pain due to a degenerative disk in your spine, you may have already consulted with your primary care doctor and a orthopedist. In many cases with injuries or acute conditions, such as sprains, fractures, or degenerative conditions like arthritis, patients have reports and diagnosis from a specialist.
- You'll need to check your insurance requirements, but you will probably have to take all of your records and information back to your general practitioner and request a referral to a pain specialist.
- It's also important to ask about about pain management options that do not require a pain management specialist because general physicians can offer options for long-term pain management without using a pain specialist. If you do need to seek specialized pain management you should request reports from your primary care doctor that outline your needs and possible options for pain management.