Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists looks forward to you joining our host of satisfied patients. We have a schedule tailored for your convenience. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 970-858-2562. If at any time you are unable to make your appointment, please notify us at least 24 – 48 business hours in advance. We would be glad to reschedule your appointment at a more favorable time, if necessary. We greatly appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to seeing you.
Blood Thinning Medications
If you are taking blood thinning medications be sure that you have discussed this with our office and understand how to manage these medications before and after your procedures. These medications include but are not limited to: Aspirin, Warfarin, Coumadin, Plavix, Clopidogrel, Lovenox, Eliquis, Xarelto, and Pradaxa. If you have any questions regarding blood thinning medications or any other medications please call our office as soon as possible.
Day of Your Procedure
Do not have anything to eat or drink within four hours of your procedure. If you have extenuating circumstances that make this difficult please contact our office to discuss the matter.
Bring a responsible party that can drive you home following your procedure whether you are receiving sedation or not. If you would like sedation for your procedure, you may not drive for the remainder of the day. Even if you choose not to have sedation, we may still be injecting medications that could impair your ability to drive a vehicle. If you chose not to bring a driver it may limit the treatment options that Dr. Lewis can offer you at your appointment.
After Your Procedure
If you received sedation, do not drive for the remainder of the day. Avoid soaking in a hot tub, pool, or bath for at least two days following your procedure. You may remove any bandages or dressings four hours following your procedure. You may shower at this point. Please remove all bandages before showering. If you have received a spinal cord simulator you will have special wound care instructions that should be followed.
If you develop any signs of infection including: fever, redness, swelling, or drainage please contact the office. If you develop any neurologic deficits that were not discussed with you as being expected, please call the office.
Tips for Pain Relief at Home
Ice reduces pain and swelling. Wrap an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas in a dishcloth. (Never place ice directly on your skin.) Place the ice where you hurt most. Don’t ice for more than 20 minutes at a time. You should use ice several times a day.
Over-the-counter pain relievers include Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. They can help ease discomfort. Some also reduce swelling. Tell your doctor about any medications you are already taking. Take medications only as directed. Please note that you should discontinue any Ibuprofen five days prior to procedures at our office. We do not recommend the use of Aspirin for the routine treatment of chronic pain. Take Aspirin only if you have been told to do so by your physician.
We do not recommend the routine use of heat for the treatment of chronic pain. It can increase inflammation and pain.
Stay active. Physical activity keeps your muscles strong and your joints mobile. Do what you can, even if it isn’t much. Simply taking a walk once or twice a day can improve your pain dramatically. Doing core strengthening exercises daily helps strengthen your core muscles which help provide support for your spine.