Information for Patients
Patients who come to us often have pain that has not responded to treatment by other physicians. They often have chronic pain that has been with them for a long period of time. Physicians also send patients for conditions that may benefit from early treatment or specialized treatment. Common problems include pain from nerve injuries, low back pain and cancer pain.
What is pain medicine?
Pain is usually caused by injury or disease but sometimes lasts long after the original injury has healed. Chronic pain may result from damage to nerves that occurs at the time of the injury or occur later as part of the body's response to the injury. Although Dr. Raso is an expert at identifying the causes of pain, sometimes the exact cause of chronic pain cannot be determined.
Following 4 years of medical school, Dr. Raso completed 2 years of Surgical Training and an additional 3 years of training in anesthesiology, with the last year being dedicated solely to interventional pain management. He then had to pass a rigorous set of examinations. Dr. Raso has also received Board Certification in Pain Management from the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Before calling our office, you should first see your personal physician. If treatment has been unsuccessful, you may then request a referral from a physician. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 741-1588 between the hours of 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday. New patient appointments begin no later than 2:00 pm. Plan to spend at least 1 hour here. Established patients may also request appointments online.
Items needed during an evaluation
If you have personal copies of your medical records, including x-rays and/or MRI's, please bring them with you to the appointment. Ask your referring doctor for copies of your medical records, including x-rays or other tests. Please make sure that the x-rays and/or MRI's have a written report with them. If you are on any medications, be sure you know the names of each pill and how much is used each day.
Please make sure that you have a referral for your appointment before you come to the office. If we do not have a referral, your appointment may be delayed or canceled.
What will happen during a visit?
Our staff will talk with you about your pain and medical history, review your past medical records, and conduct a physical examination. Sometimes they may need to perform special diagnostic tests to help pinpoint the cause of your pain. They will then discuss their diagnosis with you and outline treatment options. Their goal is to tailor a treatment plan specific to your problems and needs. In many cases, you may be able to start treatment right away. Sometimes, however, you may have a return visit to follow through with treatment options.
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- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
- Commercial Insurance Company
- Coventry Health Care
- Emblem Health
- First Health (Coventry Health Care)
- Golden Rule
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- Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
- Managed Care (Non-HMO)
- Meritain Health
- National Elevator
- Planned Administration Inc
- United Healthcare
Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We are more than happy to assist you. For an appointment please dial 561-741-1588 to schedule.