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Thoughts on pain management clinic
amy_helen posted:
Two days ago I went to a pain management clinic. I was sorely disappointed in the care I received. I saw a Physician Assistant. I wonder if this is even legal as the definition of a Pain Specialist is a Medical Doctor who ……….
davedsel2 responded:

A Physican's Assistant can be very competent and a good health care provider, depending on their skills, education and patient manner. It is not unusual for pain clinics to employ these professionals so they can more efficiently care for their patients.

If you are not happy with the care you have received, search for a different pain manager. The best are physiatrists as they go deeper and offer a wide variety of treatments. Be aware that my wife sees a physiatrist and her first visit was with his PA. She is receiving excellent care and I will become a patient of this practice soon.

Here is a link to a good article on SpineUniverse that explains what a phyiatrist is and does:

I pray you can get the treatment and relief you need soon.
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blessedladyptl responded:
Physicians Assistants and Nurse Practitioners are being used more and more. Depending on the laws in your state, some can write rxs, even pain meds.
ctbeth replied to blessedladyptl's response:
In the state where I live, APRNS and PAs can, indeed, write Rxs for schedule II meds.

However, the Rx must be co-signed by the physician for whom they work, or from the MD that is supervising their actions.
finn2 replied to ctbeth's response:
I usually see the PA and my office visit bill is less, I seldom see the physician anymore.
ctbeth replied to finn2's response:
The regulations vary both on your state regulations and your insurance provider.

Although your hands-on care is being performed by a PA, the MD who is supervising the PA will review your chart and the PAs findings.

My practices policy is that all patients must be evaluated by the MD at least once per three months.

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