Joint Pain Relief Codes 

I used the example of the cardiologist because I know that most of us would prefer that the cardiologist explore all options before referring us to a cardiac surgeon. This is the same approach that one should use when they have an orthopedic or spinal problem. Always ask about non-surgical options for your orthopedic or spinal pain.

The pain management physician, like the cardiologist, does not perform surgery. The cardiologist does interventional techniques, prescribes medications, and oversees your cardiac rehab program. Likewise, a pain management physician manages and directs your physical therapy or rehabilitation program, prescribes medications, and performs interventional procedures. Both the cardiologist and pain specialist will refer you to a surgeon when needed.

Timing is key to the success of your treatment. You should not delay an evaluation for heart disease, nor should you continue to ignore spinal or orthopedic pain, and wait too long before seeking an evaluation with a pain specialist. I have seen far too many patients wait too late in their treatment before seeking care with a pain specialist. Like other specialties, early intervention might lead to a better outcome.