Pain Management Referrals – Why refer to us?
Choice of treatment plan
As a referring provider, you may already have a preference for what type of treatment we will provide or avoid for your patient. We value your clinical opinion and will work hard to honor those requests.
Controlled substances, most notably opiates, may be used in the treatment of chronic pain, but they have significant risks. Even the most compliant patients who have done well on a stable opiate dose will require routine follow-up and surveillance. While some patients are not good candidates for opiate therapy due to unique risk factors, others may experience a lack of clinical benefit from this type of medication. Our job as pain providers is to put the patient’s well-being first, and sometimes that means having hard conversations about the avoidance of narcotic therapy or recommending a weaning period.
When opiates are prescribed, we will monitor each patient vigilantly including clinical assessments, PDMP queries, and urine drug testing.
Expertise in procedures
With more than 16 years of combined experience treating patients in Alabama, Dr. Thoma and Dr. Martin are fellowship trained and board-certified in pain medicine including the performance of many unique interventional procedures.
Every patient that comes for a procedure will be educated on the risks, benefits, alternatives, and indications of the block to be performed.
When you refer your patient for an evaluation, we will perform a history and comprehensive physical exam. Our physicians may recommend physical therapy, labwork, imaging, injections, counseling and coping strategy therapy, or even a surgical referral. We will not repeat failed therapies when it is clear the patient needs something else.
We want to keep you informed of your patient’s progress. That means more than sending you a letter from the initial evaluation; we will send follow-up notes and let your office know when a significant change occurs in the patient’s care or condition.