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Interventional Pain Management uses procedures and State-of-the-Art technology to treat pain in addition to medications. Unfortunately, “Pain Management” has received a lot of bad press because there had been a lot of unqualified and unscrupulous people abusing the system. Fortunately, a lot has changed over the past decade with strict regulation so that only qualified physicians may practice the specialty of Pain Management. In Interventional Pain Management, we use the latest technology to be able to relieve many sources of pain. Most of what we do are procedures designed to reduce your suffering, reduce or eliminate medication need, and return you to functioning. To receive the quality care that you deserve, make certain that your physician is properly trained, Board Certified, offers all the latest technology and procedures, and is well-respected in the community. If a doctor is only able to help you by writing prescriptions, it is probable that they do not have the knowledge and skills to give you adequate care.
Yes. We strive to see you quickly and painlessly. We do require medical records from your existing physician, copies of all imaging performed, and 1 year of pharmaceutical history. We participate in EFORCSE and will help you by checking your prescribing history. Click NEW PATIENT PAPERWORK to download our forms that will make your first visit go smoother and faster. You can print it, fill the forms out, and return them to the office in person, via fax, or by email.
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the best programs in the country for Biomechanics Medicine and Osteopathic Manual Medicine. This school served as a solid foundation for his education in Pain Management. Following graduation Dr. Willens continued his education at Detroit Riverview and Henry Ford Hospitals. From there he went on to a residency in Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
We are not a Medicaid provider. If you have no insurance or a plan that we do not accept, we will still see you as a self-pay patient. We offer discounted prices in order to make it more affordable for you. In addition, we are able to help you file with your insurance so that you may be reimbursed. Please call us for more information.
It is important to find a doctor with whom you connect. There are all sorts of styles ranging from tough and paternal to very familiar and casual. Dr. Willens, a physician for over 25 years, is an Osteopathic Physician( D.O.) and follows that philosophy. He approaches his patient as a whole person, not just a Pain Patient. He spends a lot of time educating his patients while giving all of the options for treatment including the RISKS, BENEFITS, and ALTERNATIVES. If you are open to treatment alternatives other than just medication and are willing to be a partner in your own care, you will find Dr. Willens appealing. The atmosphere in his office tends to be professionally familiar. It is not a “stuffy” office. We have found that outcomes for treatment of pain do better in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT THAT YOU WILL BE GIVEN ANY MEDICATION AT ALL. Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated individually. There are Standards of Care issues & Scope of Practice issues that need to be considered in addition to the appropriateness of your current medication regimen. Of course if you could get sick or be in danger if you stop taking your medication suddenly, you will receive proper care to avoid this. Some patients are under the belief that they are “paying” to get their prescription. This could not be further from the truth. An office visit is where a patient is evaluated, a diagnosis is made and treatment is recommended. If you are being seen only to get the prescription you want, it would be better if you went elsewhere. Some patients want to be treated for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Anxiety, an Infection, etc. You will need to see your primary care doctor or appropriate specialist for treatment of any diagnosis other than your painful condition.
We are a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multimodal, Interventional Pain Management clinic.
Our practice is focused on patients who need and want comprehensive care. We generally have a long waiting list of people who need our help and our ability to be able to provide this complex and coordinated type of treatment for severe chronic and disabling conditions.
We just don’t have the availability of resources to be able to care for patients who want or need only medications. There are many other providers, such as Integrative Pain Management or Primary Care, that may be able to simply provide refills in those cases where patients neither need nor want comprehensive care.
Therefore, we do not generally accept patients with chronic pain who want only medication management.
NEW PATIENTS We try very hard to get you in right away but this is dependent upon a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control. These may include obtaining old records, getting insurance authorizations, and many times receiving necessary referrals. Please call us and together, we will work very hard to get you in as soon as possible.
When you come for your visit you should bring ALL the medications you are currently taking in their original bottles. On your first visit, please bring all your medical records with you if you have not made prior arrangements. You should have your valid picture ID, Insurance information, and form of payment. We have to collect all Co-Pays at the time of the visit. We accept Credit Cards or Cash. We do NOT accept personal checks.
Yes. New patient forms can be downloaded here. You can fax them to 904-683-2597. You can drop them by the office in person as well.
We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. If you need emergency care after hours, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Please click here for more information.
Sorry, we are not open weekends. If you need emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Please click here for more information.
Yes. Please see a qualified physician as soon as possible following your crash! There are important new laws in effect that can limit access for your care. You may contact us or please see your own primary care doctor immediately. If there are any injuries that do not resolve within a couple weeks, it is imperative to see a Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician to avoid chronic pain. If conservative treatment is not helping, do not waste time getting into see a Board Certified Pain Management Physician. The clock is TICKING! Please see our Auto Accident Page.
We treat any pain when it is THE DISEASE not just a symptom. For example, we wouldn’t treat abdominal pain if you had a burst appendix. But if you’ve had a full diagnostic work-up and you still have pain, we will manage it. It would be hard to give an exhaustive list of what kinds of pain we treat, but if you are suffering, please contact us. We do not recommend having surgery to get rid of pain without first contacting a qualified Interventional Pain Management Physician.
This question has confused a lot of people and the following is a simplified explanation. The term narcotic has come to refer to all controlled substances both legal and illegal. The term comes from “narcosis” meaning sleep and originally referred only to substances that are similar to morphine. For example, Cocaine is not a “real” narcotic…it is a stimulant. Opiate refers to the natural compounds that come directly from the Opium Poppy. These are substances like Morphine and Codeine. Opioid refers to all compounds that are similar to Morphine in their actions including synthetics and semi-synthetics. This includes Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Heroin, Methadone, etc. It does not include medications like Xanax and Valium which are Benzodiazepines. Oxycodone has received a lot of attention because it is a powerful opiate and easily abused. It was originally combined with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin under the brand names Percocet or Percodan respectively. Later it was available without any additives except a coating to make it last longer under the brand name Oxycontin. It was also made available as a pure immediate release medication under the brand name Roxycodone (NOT “ROXYCONTIN.”) Methadone is a purely synthetic opiate which has properties that make it useful in Pain Management. It is potent, naturally long-acting, and inexpensive. These same properties have made it useful in narcotic dependency. Unfortunately, it has also given this helpful medication a negative reputation and powerful stigma. In reality, all of the narcotics have very similar risks and benefits. Suboxone is another special narcotic that has properties which make it useful for pain and dependence. None of them are inherently bad and none is “better” than another. It really depends on their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics as to how they are used or abused.
Addiction is a DISEASE. It is not a MORAL FAILING. It is characterized by denial and continued use despite negative consequences. It has a strong genetic component and is a brain disease. It is TREATABLE but without treatment, it always ends poorly: Jails, Institutions, and Death. Abuse is the action of taking the medication for non-medical purposes. Physical Dependency occurs with anyone who takes these medication for a period of time. It means that if you stop taking the medication you will get sick…withdrawal. Many medications have these properties including high blood pressure medication, narcotics, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. If you stop taking narcotics, you may feel like you want to die! Fortunately, narcotic withdrawal is not deadly by itself. This is not true if you are dependent on medications like Xanax or Alcohol. Therefore, if you need help getting off medications, please ask for help.
Yes. Dr. Willens is not an addictionologist or a psychologist but he can begin to treat the disease by helping with the physical dependency. Dr. Willens is a specially licensed physician who may treat Addiction on an out-patient basis. Suboxone can be very helpful in stopping the cycle and controlling cravings. It only treats some physical parts of the disease. Sometimes inpatient treatment is indicated. If you believe that you or someone you know has this disease, please get help. Your local NA (Narcotics Anonymous) or AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) can begin the process as well.
No. Dr. Willens is not a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist. Of course, anxiety can be a part of chronic pain and needs to be treated properly. In most cases, this needs to be addressed by a well qualifed mental health professional to treat the source of the anxiety. If medication is indicated, treating chronic anxiety with medicines like Xanax is inappropriate in most cases. There are many more effective and safer alternatives available. If you are on chronic Xanax, do not expect Dr. Willens to continue this medicine. Of course, stopping Xanax or other benzodiazepines abruptly can be dangerous and you may be weaned in a safe manner if indicated.
Acute pain is when there is tissue damage that causes the sensation of pain. It resolves when the tissue damage heals. An example of this is a broken arm. Acute pain is relatively easy to treat as it responds well to narcotics which are used only for a short time. Chronic Pain occurs when there is pain that last longer than 6 months and may be present after an acute injury has healed. It is much more difficult to treat.
While we would love to be able to say “yes,” we don’t make any promises. If treated early, the odds are better. Unfortunately, it is all too common for patients to be seen late in their disease process. This occurs for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that both patients and other doctors are not aware of what an Interventional Pain Management Physician can do. We spend a great deal of time and effort in attempting to teach the Medical Community what options are available. Unfortunately, most patients and even other doctors believe that all we do is give narcotics. The reality is that if treated early (within 6 months of onset), the outcomes can be quite good. Of course if surgery is performed, the anatomy is changed forever and relief is much harder to achieve. The best answer to the question is to say this, our goal is to improve functioning and reduce suffering for people who suffer in Chronic Pain. Please beware of anyone who promises to you that they can make you “Pain Free.”
Dr. Willens, a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a Board Certified Pain Management Physician, uses skills that are similar to chiropractic manipulation. Because having your spine in proper alignment is imperative for you to heal, Dr. Willens is able to perform Osteopathic Manipulation to correct the somatic dysfunctions.
Yes. A properly used back brace can be an invaluable tool for back pain which can allow a patient to heal. Dr. Willens recommends only authentic Professional Medical Grade Back Braces which are typically covered by most healthcare insurances subject to co-pays and deductible per your specific plan. Many other Professional Medical Grade braces may be indicated as well such as ankle, wrist, and knee orthotics. All of these braces are usually stocked in the office and available so that you do not need to wait and may take them home from your regular office visit.
Dr. Willens can see patients of all ages.
You can expect a thorough, comprehensive, and complete visit with Dr. Willens. At this office, you will get to see an actual Doctor. He will take the necessary time to discuss medical history, previous treatments, and find out what the best course of treatment will be. This is a good review of what to expect.
Frequency of visits depends on the treatment plan. Some patients are seen every month and others only come in when necessary.
At this time, Dr. Willens sees all the patients personally. You can expect to see Dr. Willens at each visit.
Our policy is that a guarantee of payment must be on file in order to book an appointment with our clinic. This policy is in place to ensure that patients will show for their appointment.
Unfortunately, our experience is that too often patients schedule appointments and then fail to show. This hurts our other patients, especially those who would have taken the appointment and instead have to wait even longer to get in to see the doctor.
We do not believe that this is an unreasonable request and it is standard in many industries. Of course, all Credit Card information is kept secure.
This policy is in place and is enforced to be fair to all our patients. Please understand that when a patient fails to show up for their appointment, it hurts all the other patients who are waiting to get in to see the doctor and would have gratefully taken that earlier appointment.
Therefore, a $100 fee is assessed if a patient does not give at least one full business day to cancel an office visit or a physical therapy appointment. A $200 fee is assessed if a patient does not give at least two full business days to cancel a surgical procedure.
Of course, we know that emergencies and other unexpected events happen that are out of one’s control. We understand that, want to apply this policy fairly, and will waive these fees for reasonable reasons. Just be fair with us and let us know.
Our business is taking care of people. However, it is a business and we have responsibilities to our doctors, to our staff, to our other patients and to public safety. We take these responsibilities very seriously.
In general, for the protection of each and every patient, our Narcotic Policy, our Treatment Agreement and all laws are strictly enforced. Of course, overusing, sharing, selling, or taking illicit drugs is a deep concern and is always addressed. In addition, Eforsce is utilized to detect Doctor Shopping and criminal activity. When these situations occur, appropriate action is always taken and patients may be discharged, referred to Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, or reported to law enforcement.
Patients are billed usual, customary and upfront fees. Payment is for services rendered: History, Physical Examination, Assessment, and Treatment Recommendations. Patients are responsible for all balances, co-pays, deductibles, etc. All balances are collected at each office visit.
Refunds are not issued due to disagreement with the Assessment and Treatment Recommendations or if a requested prescription is not provided. Prescription medications will not be provided if they are not indicated in the doctor’s professional opinion.
Patients must behave in a responsible manner. We will not tolerate disruptive, threatening or abusive behavior.
We require a guarantee of payment, such as a credit card, to make an appointment. Patients also need to know that we do enforce our “No-Show” policy which involves a substantial fee if patients do not give reasonable notice to cancel an appointment.