Today, 25-30 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain. It robs them of sleep, makes it difficult to earn a living, and effects their overall health and well-being.
Established in 1996, the Ithaca Center for Pain Management has always taken a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain. We do this because in treating chronic pain it is necessary to consider all of its aspects: social, psychological, economic, physical, and spiritual. We frequently recommend conventional medical treatment in combination with complementary or alternative approaches to care.
At the Ithaca Center for Pain Management, we understand that patients suffering with chronic pain are under considerable stress. We listen carefully so that we can establish a partnership with you and work effectively as your advocate. And we are committed to staying abreast of the latest developments in the field.
The Referral Process
- Your doctor will make a referral for you to the Ithaca Center for Pain Management.
- Once the care team in the pain management center has heard from your doctor, we will review your symptoms and medical history. If we determine that you are a good candidate for our services, a member of our staff will contact you directly to set up your first appointment.
- If your case is not appropriate for treatment here, your doctor will follow up with you.
What to expect on your first visit
When you come to the pain management center, please bring:
- a list of all medications you are currently taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and herbal remedies
- a list of your allergies
- your health insurance information and photo identification for verification
Our team of physicians and nurses will evaluate your current health and review your medical history with you, including information about any recent appointments with your physicians or other care providers.
Your role in healing
Much of the success in your treatment depends on you. We count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. We hope to help you manage your pain and heal, and part of that process is avoiding further injuries. Patients often begin to feel some relief from pain and then suffer a set back because they suddenly do too much walking or lifting. Healing is a gradual process.