Second Opinions About Chronic Pain Treatment
Take Advantage of Our Complimentary Second Opinion Program
“The doctor said to get used to wearing the brace, because I’d never be without it, for the rest of my life” – Roger
“I was devastated when they told me I’d have the choice between a walker and a cane” – Vicki
“They recommended surgery, but then I went to Dr. Curt Draeger because I wanted to avoid surgery and the 6-month rehab” – Megan
So many patients have found Integrated Pain Solutions after being told by other doctors that nothing else could be done for them, that painful surgery was their only option, or that they were simply out of options all together. But today, Roger walks without a brace, Vicki no longer uses a cane, and Megan did not need to endure the painful recovery and rehab from hip surgery. These patients are living better because they sought a second opinion.
3 Reasons to Get A Second Opinion:
1) Confirm the Diagnosis – a 2011 study revealed that 47% of physicians surveyed have found diagnostic errors occurring in their practice at least monthly. The same study found that 64% of the doctors said that up to ten percent of the misdiagnosis have directly resulted in patient harm(1).
Diagnosing a medical condition is part art and part science. It’s not as simple as inputting the symptoms into a computer to get the correct answer. There’s an art to asking the right questions and then using experience and judgment to determine the proper diagnosis. But even then, there are times when the best doctors can look at the same medical file and diagnose two different conditions, with two very different courses of treatment.
Before you begin a care plan, you need to feel confident that you’ve gotten a correct diagnosis.
2) Consider Various Treatment Options – once you are sure about the diagnosis, it’s time to research and explore all of your treatment options. There are often many different ways to treat the same condition. When it comes to musculoskeletal issues, the choice may come down to invasive treatments (like surgery or injections) or non-invasive, non-surgical treatments like those offered at Integrated Pain Solutions.
It is up to you to ask the provider about the short-term and long-term risks, benefits, and success rates of the specific treatment options that you are considering. It is also important to understand if the treatment option is addressing the symptoms of the condition or the root cause of the problem.
Consider this. A surgeon looks at a medical condition through the eyes of a surgeon. You’ll likely not find anyone better equipped to assess the pros and cons of treating the condition surgically. But what about non-surgical treatments? Is that same surgeon the best person analyze the pros and cons of other treatment options? Isn’t that a bit like asking an electrician for his advice about plumbing?
You should also consider how long ago was your diagnosis was made. Are you aware of the latest advances in techniques and technology that impact your condition?
3) Choose a Doctor You Trust – finally, you should feel good about the person who you are trusting with your care. Has the provider taken the time to listen to you and fully understand your condition? Is this provider looking below the surface to assess what is really going on? Does the provider know what your goals are and what you value the most?
Will My Doctor Be Upset?
A common fear among patients considering seeking a second opinion is that they will offend their doctor. Let us reassure you that should not be the case. Second opinions are common in the medical community. In fact, a good doctor will want you to gather all of the information that you can in order to make an informed choice for your medical care.
At Integrated Pain Solutions, we are very supportive of other health care providers. Dr. Curt Draeger has consulted with world-class orthopedic surgeons who treat the same Olympic and professional athletes that he treats. We have also worked with other chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, and other health care providers to ensure that our patients get the best, most complete care.
Complimentary Second Opinions at Integrated Pain Solutions
A second opinion from Integrated Pain Solutions includes a no-charge consultation with one of our physicians and review of your current X-rays, MRI, or CT scans and medical records. The second opinion appointment does not include a physical exam and/or new diagnostic testing (such as x-rays).
If we think that you could benefit from our non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options, we’ll tell you. And if we can’t help you, we will tell you that too.
You need to feel confident you’re making the best choice for your care. We encourage you to seek the input of more than one expert, ask a lot of questions, and explore a variety of treatment options to find the one that’s best for you.
References: (1) QuantialMD and Robert M. Wachter, MD (2011) Physician Perspectives on Preventing Diagnostic Errors. Owen W. MacDonald. Referenced in “My Second Opinion” http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=5145