Frequently asked questions
What if I have seen a surgeon and they want me to have surgery, but at this time it is not an option for me or something I want to pursue?
What are the steps for Coastal Bend Pain Management to become part of my medical team?
Becoming a patient at Coastal Bend Pain Management can be done two ways. You can ask for a referral from one of your current medical providers. Their office will contact our team and we will help do the rest. You can also give us a call at 361.854.1910. A member of our team will ask some basic information. A provider will review your information and a team member will call you back to proceed forward appropriately.
How do you say your doctor’s name?
Dr. Tschickardt’s name is pronounced “Chick-Art”
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
It is very important that all new patients bring a valid photo ID, insurance card (s), a list of ALL medication they are taking, form of payment for your co-pay and copies of any recent X-Rays or MRI’s.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
What are the most common problems that result in chronic pain?
What is pain management?
Pain is a complex medical problem that can have profound effects on your physical and mental well-being. The goal of pain management is to help you decrease your level of pain and suffering, to return you to your maximum level of functioning and independence, and to help you restore your quality of life.
What are the major issues surrounding pain?
Chronic pain can become so intense and overwhelm the body and mind to such a degree that it can affect all areas of life. People become so afflicted that they often cannot work. Their appetite falls off. Physical activity of any kind is exhausting and may aggravate the pain. Often, the person becomes the victim of a vicious cycle in which total preoccupation with pain leads to irritability and depression. Adding to these ailments is the fatigue sufferers experience from not being able to sleep at night.
What medications are most commonly used to manage pain?
While drug therapies differ for each person, the most common are:
ANTIDEPRESSANTS, ANTICONVULSANTS AND MUSCLE RELAXERS.
What about the stories of addiction surrounding Opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?
Is pain management covered by health insurance?
Most policies provide for pain management. Please call our office for more information, 361-854-1910.
Do you accept my insurance?
Coastal Bend Pain Management is in network with a comprehensive list of insurance providers. Our team will take your insurance information and verify coverage with your insurance provider. If you are unsure of your health coverage, do not hesitate to ask a member of our team.
What is back pain?
Back pain is an easily recognizable problem which can bring on a number of sensations and movement limitations. Back pain can present itself in any location along the spine including lligaments, muscles, and shock-absorbing discs.
What are your hours of operation?
Coastal Bend Pain Management is open Monday - Thursday from 7:45am - 5:00pm, and Friday 7:45am - 1pm.
What is Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC)?
Monitored Anethesia Care (MAC) is a type of anesthesia that is used during smaller procedures. During MAC, patients tend to remain awake during the procedure, but are relaxed. The amount of MAC administered for a procedure varies for what the patient is having done. Some patients feel groggy and others fall asleep and have no memory of the procedure. MAC has very minimal side effects, with a slight headache and nausea being two of them. Due to the medication used in MAC, it is advised for patients to have someone with them the first 24 hours after sedation. If patient is having their procedure done with MAC, Coastal Bend Pain Management requires them to have a driver with them.