Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Granite State Pain Associates

Do you accept my insurance?

Yes, we accept most insurances. Prior to scheduling we will do a check of the benefits your insurance provides in our offices.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?

Yes, for many commercial insurances this is required.

Do you need medical records?

Yes, we will need office notes from your most recent pain provider (pain centers, specialists, or PCP; whichever is applicable).

Can the pain be ‘in my head’?

Pain is always processed and perceived in your brain. Clearly persistent pain can evoke certain emotional responses that can be counterproductive in treatment.

Can I afford to pay for treatment?

Insurances generally pay for services, prior to scheduling we will do a check of the benefits your insurance provides in our offices and review this with you. There is usually a portion that falls to responsibility of the patient.

Do you do injections?

Yes, our physicians perform all standard and complex image guided injections.

Do you do opioid management?

Yes, we adhere to the latest CDC and Board of Medicine recommendations on dosing. If you take opioids, expect frequent urine testing to demonstrate compliance. If you are on very high doses, expect a very slow wean to acceptable doses.

What is chronic pain?

Pain that persists beyond just a few months. It can be from disc disease, nerve injury, post trauma, cancer and a myriad other sources.

What treatment is right for me?

That can be obvious after careful evaluation, or can take many months or even longer. Your pain developed over a period of time, therefore generally requires more time to determine effective management.

What if I have a mental health issue too?

Any treatable mental disorders are best to address at same time as management of pain.