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Locations in Chico and Redding

Relieving Pain.

Restoring Function.
Renewing Hope.

About Interventional Pain Solutions


Your health is very important to us. Our goal is to reduce your pain, improve functionality, quality of life and preserve your overall health.

Interventional Pain Solutions believes in utilizing the most modern, peer reviewed and accepted techniques to care for you. We are committed to following the most recent guidelines as issued by the Centers for Disease Control and endorsed by the Surgeon General of the United States.

Your first visit with us is a consultation. We DO NOT prescribe medications or do injections on the first visit. We will establish care with you, review your history, and look at any radiology exams you have had in order to decide the best course of action for you.

We strongly discourage the use of benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ambien etc.) and similar medications. We may choose to use alternative methods to reduce your pain if you are taking these medicines.

We ask that you arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment.

Please make sure the enclosed paperwork is completely filled out BEFORE arriving. Bring your insurance cards and photo ID. If you have a co-pay or patient responsibility due we will collect it at check-in.

If you have any questions or need to reschedule, please call the office in advance.

Why see a pain medicine specialist?

Pain treatment is complex and can cause more harm than good if it is not provided by a pain medicine specialist. Physician anesthesiologists complete four years of medical school, four years of training in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and an additional year of training to become experts in treating chronic pain. This expertise is essential to completing a comprehensive evaluation and making a diagnosis to guide treatment. If interventional therapies are considered, real expertise is critical since the spine and nerves that register pain are delicate and everyone’s anatomy may be different. In addition, many of the medications used to treat pain are strong or may interact with other medications and can be harmful if not administered by a physician with appropriate training.

Receiving a Diagnosis

The pain medicine specialist will work with you and any other physicians, such as your primary care physician, surgeon or oncologist. While other physicians manage and treat your medical conditions (such as arthritis or cancer), the pain medicine specialist is in charge of diagnosing and treating your pain.

Here are some things a pain medicine specialist may do:

  • Review your medical records, X-rays and other images
  • Perform a complete physical examination
  • Ask you to describe your pain, explain where it hurts, how long it has hurt and what makes the pain feel better or worse
  • Request the completion of a detailed questionnaire about the impact your pain is having on your life and how it interferes with your daily activities
  • Order tests for diagnosis and treatment
Pain Treatment Options

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, talk to your pain medicine specialist about treatment options, including:

  • Medication: From over-the-counter remedies, such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to powerful drugs such as opioids, medications may help ease the pain. Other medications can help too, including antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and steroids. Your physician may suggest a combination of medications that can address different aspects of your pain.
  • Physical therapy: As directed by a physical therapist, specific exercises can help you build up muscle and ease pain.
  • Medical procedures: A number of procedures can help with pain control, from nerve blocks to surgery to snip overactive nerves.
  • Complementary therapies: Some people find relief using biofeedback, relaxation, meditation, acupuncture, visualization or other alternative therapies.
  • Lifestyle changes: You can help your pain management efforts by being as healthy as possible. For example, if you smoke, get help so you can stop. Try to maintain a healthy weight to avoid the stress excess weight puts on your joints, resulting in hip and knee pain. Good nutrition is important even if you’re trim, and exercising can often relieve or prevent pain.

Why See a Pain Medicine Specialist?

Pain treatment is complex and can cause more harm than good if it is not provided by a pain medicine specialist. Physician anesthesiologists complete four years of medical school, four years of training in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and an additional year of training to become experts in treating chronic pain. This expertise is essential to completing a comprehensive evaluation and making a diagnosis to guide treatment. If interventional therapies are considered, real expertise is critical since the spine and nerves that register pain are delicate and everyone’s anatomy may be different. In addition, many of the medications used to treat pain are strong or may interact with other medications and can be harmful if not administered by a physician with appropriate training.

Diagnosis

The pain medicine specialist will work with you and any other physicians, such as your primary care physician, surgeon or oncologist. While other physicians manage and treat your medical conditions (such as arthritis or cancer), the pain medicine specialist is in charge of diagnosing and treating your pain.

Here are some things a pain medicine specialist may do:

  • Review your medical records, X-rays and other images
  • Perform a complete physical examination
  • Ask you to describe your pain, explain where it hurts, how long it has hurt and what makes the pain feel better or worse
  • Request the completion of a detailed questionnaire about the impact your pain is having on your life and how it interferes with your daily activities
  • Order tests for diagnosis and treatment

Pain Treatment Options

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, talk to your pain medicine specialist about treatment options, including:

  • Medication: From over-the-counter remedies, such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to powerful drugs such as opioids, medications may help ease the pain. Other medications can help too, including antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and steroids. Your physician may suggest a combination of medications that can address different aspects of your pain.
  • Physical therapy: As directed by a physical therapist, specific exercises can help you build up muscle and ease pain.
  • Medical procedures: A number of procedures can help with pain control, from nerve blocks to surgery to snip overactive nerves.
  • Complementary therapies: Some people find relief using biofeedback, relaxation, meditation, acupuncture, visualization or other alternative therapies.
  • Lifestyle changes: You can help your pain management efforts by being as healthy as possible. For example, if you smoke, get help so you can stop. Try to maintain a healthy weight to avoid the stress excess weight puts on your joints, resulting in hip and knee pain. Good nutrition is important even if you’re trim, and exercising can often relieve or prevent pain.