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question on PM DR

Luis62LLuis62 Posts: 49
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Pain Management
can one go to a PM doctor with out first seeing your orthopedic doctor or dose he refer to one?


  • Yes, I suppose, depending on insurance. I have done it both ways...my surgeon refers me for procedures he wants, which is most common if you have a long-term relationship with a spinal specialist. Then people get to the point where their pain management doc is managing their case.

    I would think you could do it either way, assuming the PM doc doesn't require a referral.
  • before i could see him even though i had been to him before. I assumed this was because he needed a physician stating that i did have a problem otherwise the people just wanting the meds would be taking over his office. Also here i dont know if it is like this everywhere but a specialist cannot refer a specialist. Odd but i had to go from ortho to pcp then to pm. But thats my experience and may not be the same thing others have went through.
  • needed a referral but I guess that it depends on your insurance.
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