At Summit Pain Medicine, we are dedicated to your health and well-being. We provide personalized treatment options to help manage and alleviate both severe and chronic pain.
Treatment plans are designed to meet your needs and can consist of the following treatment options:
- Anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling and relieve pain
- Anti-depressants to relieve pain and promote sleep
- Pain medications to relieve severe pain
- Injection therapy to relieve pain (nerve blocks and muscle injections)
- Physical therapy to relieve pain (exercise, massage, ultrasound, manipulation, and stretching techniques)
Acupuncture & Cupping
Our practice offers acupuncture and cupping services as an alternative to traditional medicine for patients who suffer from chronic pain.
- Acupuncture. The practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points to relieve pain. Acupuncture is an ancient method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing.
- Electroacupuncture. During electroaccupuntcure, small electrodes are attached to acupuncture needles to produce a gentle vibration that stimulates the "qi" running through these points.
- Moxibustion. Moxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points to stimulate circulation, to counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and "qi."
- Cupping. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which special cups are placed on the skin to create suction to increase blood flow to important areas of the body.
If you have any questions, please call us at (717) 217-6072 for additional information.
Your First Visit
To help determine your treatment plan, please provide the following information:
- Your medical history and pain experience
- All reports, X-rays, CT scans, and MRI studies
- Listing of all your current medications
Prepare for Your Procedure
- Most injections will be scheduled at Chambersburg Hospital - pre-register for your procedure by calling (717) 267-4888.
- If you take Coumadin or any other blood-thinners, we will need permission to hold your medications for 5-7 days prior to the procedure. We will contact you regarding the date to stop these medications before procedure.
- Your doctor may have you get your blood drawn to monitor your blood clotting level (INR) before procedure.
- You may restart your medications after your procedure. You should receive a Discontinuation of Anticoagulation instruction sheet from us when your procedure is scheduled.
- It is important to take your heart and blood pressure medications on the day of the procedure. Ask you doctor about diabetic medications or blood thinners.
During & After Your Procedure
- Report to Same Day Services approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled procedure time.
- You will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
- We recommend that you do not return to work after your procedure. You may resume your normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- Once you are home, we will ask you to watch for signs of infection at the injection site. The key warnings are: fever, redness, swelling, increased pain, drainage (white-yellow-green with or without a foul odor). Please call our office at (717) 217-6072 or the on-call Anesthesiologist at (717) 267-3000 if you have any of these symptoms.
Policies and Procedures
- Please give us 24 hours advanced notice if you are unable to keep your appointment.
- Failure to cancel your visit before your scheduled appointment may result in a fee, which is not billable to insurance.
- Multiple "no-shows" may result in discharge from our practice.
- Co-pays are due at the time of check-in for your appointment. If you are unable to pay your co-pay at the time of your visit, we will give you the option of rescheduling your appointment or being billed for your co-pay plus an additional administrative fee.
- Most pain injections, especially those that require x-ray, will be scheduled at Chambersburg Hospital within a timely manner after your consultation.
- Generally, we will not take over writing prescriptions that you are already receiving from your referring or Primary Care doctor.
- Your doctor will receive a letter with our recommendations within a week or so of your consultation.
For Referring Physicians
Please complete following request form, along with copies of current insurance cards, office notes, diagnostic studies, and any other pertinent information. Send all completed forms to Summit Pain Medicine via fax at 717-217-6073.
All requests will be reviewed for completeness before calling your patient to schedule the first appointment.
Most injections, especially those that require fluoroscopy or x-ray, will be scheduled at Chambersburg Hospital. We generally cannot accommodate same-day consults and procedures but will assist your patient within a reasonable amount of time.
We do not provide long-term medication management due to consultative nature of our specialty, increasing demands for interventional pain management, and the significant number of new patient referrals.
You will receive a letter within a week of your patient's first appointment. Thank you for considering our practice.