To make your first visit to our clinic as simple as possible, we’ve included our patient forms on our website which can be filled out prior to your appointment.
As a courtesy to our patients, our office files claims with most insurance plans. Please be sure to provide us with your current insurance information and notify us of any changes in your coverage. All co-pays and deductibles are due at the time of service, as well as office and/or hospital procedure coinsurance fees. We gladly accept cash, checks, debit or credit cards. Our billing personnel are available to discuss any issues or concerns you may have concerning your bill.
If you have any questions about patient forms or insurance, please call our office at 704-797-0065. We are happy to help.
Frequently Asked Questions
For most insurances, referrals are not necessary. If you contact us, we will let you know if a referral is required.
We see and treat virtually all types of pain conditions, both acute and chronic. A lot of therapies are responsive to injection or interventional therapy and some are not. We use both interventional therapies when appropriate and medication therapy as well.
Any pain pattern that has been in existence for three to six months is considered chronic. Such conditions may require life long therapy and treatment.
Acute pain may refer to any pain that starts suddenly – usually the signal of an injury. Acute pain usually subsides when the injury is treated and/or pain relief is given.
We currently accept all major insurances except Wellpath. There may be other smaller companies that we are not in network with because of not being familiar with the company. Our staff can take your information and get back with you regarding any insurance questions.
Any injection in or near the spine carries risk of bleeding, injection or nerve damage. Using fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance does give assistance in the injection with accuracy, which we do use it for most all injections. Dr. Wilson has been performing epidurals for over 30 years and has specialty training with board certification in both anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Although the risk is minimal, all patients need to be informed of the potential risk and we will be happy to speak with you regarding this with the injection therapy that would be required to treat you.
For the majority of injection procedures, it is not necessary for you to be sedated. When a more complex procedure is planned, we can and do offer intravenous sedation along with the normal monitoring procedures.
In very rare circumstances, allergic or untoward reactions can occur with some procedures. In such an emergency, it is important for you to have an empty stomach. For that reason, we ask that you not eat solid food or drink any milk products for 6 hours ahead of the visit. You may drink clear liquids until 2 hours before your visit for procedures. For the last 2 hours before you come in for a procedure, we ask that you have nothing by mouth.
Because some of the spinal injections can cause arm or leg numbness or heaviness, we ask that you don’t drive until the next day after the procedure. The ability to control your arms or legs may be impaired by the procedure and we ask that you take that precaution.
The clinic policy is for you to give 24-hour notice if you cannot make your appointment as scheduled. We will gladly reschedule you for another time. If you do not call and cancel the appointment, you will be subject to a “no-show” fee due at the time of your next appointment.
We do see patients that do not have insurance, but payment is due at the time of service. Again, we do offer financial agreements and payment plans for those situations that arise.
A pain medicine physician is an individual who has graduated from an accredited medical school and received post graduate training in the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions. Some training programs center on mainly medical maintenance of pain and others emphasize only injection therapy. Dr. Wilson’s training emphasized both methodologies.
Physician assistants (PA’s) are highly trained, medical professionals who have completed a rigorous academic and clinical curriculum to practice medicine supervised by a licensed physician. PA’s conduct a broad range of medical and diagnostic functions that have traditionally been performed by both primary care and specialty care physicians. They frequently provide examinations, treatment and counseling. Certified physician assistants (PA-C) have graduated from a masters degree program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and also pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).
Although definitive diagnosis of painful conditions can be assisted by different types of radiographic studies, often a good history and physical exam will focus in on a probable diagnosis. Dr. Wilson will utilize whatever means are necessary based upon your presenting symptoms.
For all pain-related emergencies after office hours, please call, 704-210-5000.
Please ask the operator to contact the person on call for Piedmont Interventional Pain Care.
Please also remember that night and weekend prescriptions will not be honored and must be arranged during office hours.