Dr. Zaza Godziashvili, M.D.

PAIN FAQs

Pain is a complicated, often debilitating medical problem that can have a major impact on your physical and mental well-being.

More than 1/4 of Americans ages 20 years and over, an estimated 76.5 million, report that they have had a problem with pain of some sort....

30% of adults 45-65 were most likely to report pain, 25% of young adults 20-44, 21% 65 and over.

More women than men complained of having pain

The annual cost of chronic pain in the United States, including healthcare expenses, loss of income, and lost productivity is estimated to be $100 billion.

As many as 6% of all men and up to 18% of all women (about 12% of the population as a whole) have experienced a migraine headache.

An estimated 46 million adults in the Unites States reported being told that they some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthiritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. By 20-30, an estimated 67 million Americans, aged 18 years or older, will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

For more facts and figures, please visit www.painfoundation.com

Q: How do I become a new patient?
You must be referred by your primary care physician, surgeon or specialist. The referring physician can complete our consult questionnaire and fax it directly to us. We will evaluate the form and contact you to schedule an appointment for consultation. If your insurance requires you to have a referral, you must also obtain an appropriate referral from your primary care physician.

Q: Why do I need a referral from my doctor if my insurance does not require referrals?
We understand your time is valuable. We will evaluate the medical information provided to us by your referring physician to ensure we are an appropriate place for you to receive treatment.

Q: What types of insurance do you accept?
We accept most major health care plans.

Q: What can I expect during my first visit?
You will be evaluated initially by one of our phsyician who will gather important information about your pain and perform a physical exam. After hearing about your pain history and pain examination, he will discuss options for treatment and answer your questions.

Q: What course of treatment can I expect from this clinic?
We typically perform an initial consultation and then decide on the best course of treatment. This may include injections, medications, physical therapy, behavioral therapy (pain psychology), or even no further clinic treatment. If we recommend certain pain medications, we may ask your primary care physician to assist us in prescribing them, especially once you have achieved a stable dose of medication.

Q: What can I expect if I'm talking narcotics and my doctor will no longer write the prescriptions?
We will evaluate your list of medications during the initial visit and provide our recommendation about continuing opioid therapy. We may recommend another course of treatment that does not include opioids. We do not write prescription for opioids on the first clinic visit, so please do not arrive with the expectation that we will automatically refill your prescription.

Q: Why can't I drive or eat if I'm scheduled for a procedure?
Some procedures may require sedation that prevents you from safely eating or drinking. Also, some procedures may inhibit movement in parts of your body that would make it difficult or unsafe for you to drive. Since we cannot be sure how the treatment will affect you, we require you to follow instructions that will be provided.

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Dr. Zaza is the best!

Leroy

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