It can take a long time to find a doctor you trust, and when you move to a new state, you have to start all over again. It’s even harder to find a pain management doctor who’s credible and experienced.
Here are five tips on how to connect with a pain management doctor you can trust:.
1. Conduct a preliminary online search.
Hopping online to do an initial search for doctors and pain management clinics in your area is one of the best ways to get an idea of what’s available.
In addition to checking reviews on Google and medical sites like Rate MDs and Vitals, you should also take a look at the pain management clinics’ individual websites to learn more about the services they offer, their credentials, and accepted forms of payment.
2. Check with your insurance.
Unless you’re prepared to pay for pain management services completely out-of-pocket, you need to check with your health insurance company as you shop around for the right provider, so you can be sure that any provider you choose is within your network. However, if there’s a highly reputable pain management team in your area that’s not in your network, you might decide that you’re willing to incur some out-of-pocket expenses in order to get the best treatment.
3. Ask for referrals.
Do you know anyone in your new area? Friends, family members, and new colleagues can provide valuable feedback – positive or negative – about local doctors, which can help you refine your search.
Be sure to also ask your current pain management doctor for recommendations. Your physician may know of other colleagues in your new geographic location or can make other recommendations based on their expertise in the field.
4. Look into hospital affiliations, education, and specialty experience.
Often, the doctors who have taken the extra step to get advanced training or specialty certifications are the ones who will make that extra effort to optimize their patients’ experiences and outcomes.
5. Schedule an appointment.
After choosing a provider, it’s time to make an appointment. Find out what medical records you’ll need, as it may take time to collect that information during the process of relocating.
Are you new to the greater Columbus area? Integrated Pain Solutions is a leading pain management provider that uses minimally invasive approaches to managing pain, weakness, and loss of mobility. Please call to schedule your appointment: (614) 383-6450.