frequently asked questions

To help you decide whether you should see us, have a look below.

What is a pain doctor? The American Board of Medical Specialties allows Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesia, Neurology or Psychiatry doctors to treat all forms of pain using medications, injections, or implantable devices. Check your Dr's status at to see if they are official. Believe it or not, there are actually fake boards out there. PM&R doctors can examine you and read the MRIs with you.
What do they actually do? They take over writing pain medications from primary care doctors or other doctors who need help with higher dosing requirements. They may perform injections if needed.
Should I see a surgeon first? Only see a surgeon if you have weakness or bladder or bowel accidents from neck or back pain. Some primary care doctors send you straight to a surgeon based on MRI findings. The standard of care is surgery last. See a pain doctor first.
I saw a normal therapist. Should I still see a spine specific McKenzie one? Yes. They are very different. Call us if you need help finding one 480.659.2571. Some aren't listed online. Most towns only have one. If you end up seeing one and they help, do us a favor and spread the word to your family, friends, and doctors.
Will you do my surgery if I need it? No, but we'll send you to a good surgeon if needed. We are an independent practice and choose only the best surgeons for you. Some pain doctors will send you to the same surgeons thay rent space from. We won't do that to you. We don't keep any preferential referral patterns. After all, our reputations are at stake as well.
Last question, do injections work? There are no last questions. Ask whatever you want. It's your body. As medical practitioners, it's a privilege to care for people. Injections work about 80% of the time if they are done right. If the doctor follows the ISIS guidelines written by the people who invented these injections. Too many doctors cut corners: not using X-ray machines to guide the needle (we add a laser for extra safety), not using contrast dye to confirm proper placement, using sedation used during purely diagnostic procedures to make it look like they worked to substantiate more unnecessary injections, and insisting on three injections when the first didn't work.