New Patient Information
The goal of the Montana Spine & Pain Center is to provide you with everything you need for evaluation and management of your condition. We currently treat both chronic pain conditions as well as evaluate spine conditions. We use a multidisciplinary team approach of health care providers in osteopathic medicine, interventional pain medicine, physical medicine, orthopedic medicine, behavioral medicine, neuropsychology and pharmacology. If necessary, we also arrange appropriate consults in other specialties such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, neurology and neurosurgery.
What to Expect
For Patients with Chronic Pain Conditions:
Your first visit will include an Orientation Meeting to welcome you to our practice. The Orientation is facilitated by one of our medical providers, a psychologist and our pharmacist. The Orientation Meeting is a free session to share with you the services that we provide at the Montana Spine & Pain Center. After attending the Orientation, you can be scheduled to see one of our medical providers.
We will gather any relevant records from your past medical history and schedule you for an appointment with a medical provider that is best suited for your specific situation. This appointment provides an opportunity to review your previous records, learn as much as we can about your problem and begin to analyze your current situation. X-rays or other radiological tests may be recommended during the first visit.
If you are on any medications for your condition, you will need to make arrangements with your current health provider to continue to prescribe those medications. Many medications can cause problems due to withdrawal if they are stopped abruptly.
For Patients Referred for a Spine Evaluation:
Often, a referring provider will send you to the Montana Spine & Pain Center for a specific injection or nerve testing. Depending on the referral that your provider makes, you may need to return for follow-up with the physician that you saw for the injection or nerve testing. For those referrals, we will call you directly to schedule those appointments.
If a referring provider would like your spine condition to be evaluated, one of our physicians will review your referral and make a recommendation on who is the best provider for you to see. We will then call you to schedule the appointment. Your first appointment will be approximately 60 minutes. The provider will gather information on your current condition, complete a physical evaluation and make treatment recommendations. If follow-up is necessary, you will follow up with the same provider.