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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Doctors

  • Dr. Elizabeth Sirna, an Orthopedic surgeon with 30 years of experience treating spine, knee, chronic pain , joint and orthopedic pain/injuries.  

  • Dr. Marie Brister, Family physician with 18 years experience treating acute and chronic pain is dedicated to holistic approach to diagnosing, treating and managing your pain.

We use a combination of medication management, physical therapy, in-house , non invasive interventional procedures, addiction counselling specialist to treat and manage your pain. Your health and safety is our utmost concern. Our ultimate goal is to provide you with the best services while preventing or deterring abuse and diversion. 

Pain-Related Questions Answered by Our Doctors

You don’t have to put up with unbearable physical pain. Genesis Medical Center offers solutions to help you recover and live a better life. If you have questions about what we can do for you, please read our doctors’ responses to some common patient questions. If you have additional questions, please call us at 813-549-7465.
What’s pain management?

Pain management eases the suffering, improves the quality of life, and helps you return to your maximum level of functioning and independence. When pain doesn’t fade away after a trauma, or when it's resistant to treatment and persists, or when doctors cannot identify the cause of pain, patients get referred to pain management. Pain management doctors offer relief for neck, back, and other pain problems with individualized treatments.

What’s the difference between acute pain and chronic pain?

Acuteness and chronicity have nothing to do with the intensity of the pain. Acute pain refers to sudden, short-term pain while chronic pain refers to ongoing, long-term pain.

How do I get into your pain management program?

We need certain information which we'll list below. When we get those documents from you, one of our doctors will review your case to determine if we are your best fit. If the doctor determines that we’re the best fit for you, you'll be accepted into our pain management program. You'll be called to set up your first appointment immediately.

The documents we need for those of you who've been to pain management before include the following:
  • Recent MRI
  • Your patient’s file from your previous management clinic or any other doctor you’ve visited for your pain
  • Your prescription list
For those of you who've never been to pain management before, the following documents are needed:
  • Recent MRI or any imaging you’ve done
  • Referral note either from your emergency room doctor, neurologist, primary care physician, or any other doctor you’ve visited about your pain.
If you have never been to pain management and don’t have a referral, please call our office for more information about how you can get into our program.

Do you take out-of-state patients?

NO, we don’t. ALL our patients have to show proof of Florida residency.

Will I become addicted to narcotics?

You most likely won’t if you take your medications the way you’re supposed to. However, you may get physically dependent on your prescription easily. Always let the doctor know about your fear of addiction and family history. Genesis Medical Clinic also provides narcotic rehabilitation services.

What medications are most commonly used to manage pain?

Common types of pain medications include adjuvant pain medications (such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and muscle relaxers), opiates (pain killers), and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Will my medication have side effects?

It may have side effects. Please listen to the doctor carefully and adhere to the instruction on how to use your pain medicine. If you have questions about side effects or other medication issues, please ask the doctor or your pharmacist.

Would my prescription change?

Our pain management doctors continually evaluate your response to your prescriptions to determine your tolerance and physical dependence level. The doctor, with the knowledge gathered, will determine the course of your treatment.

Even if you’re transferring from another pain management clinic, the doctor will determine which best course of treatment plan will help you manage your pain better. Our one goal is to ensure you live as pain-free as possible. We’re committed to our goal.

What will happen if I take more of my medication?

Don’t! You will become tolerant and the medication no longer will be effective. Also, you will run out of medication before your refill is due. We will not refill your scripts until the allotted time: 28 days after your last appointment. Thus, don’t misuse your medications. You wouldn’t be helping yourself.

I feel pain even while taking my drugs. What should I do?

First, are you sure you’re taking your prescription right? Please make sure to follow your doctor’s instruction closely. Also, are you taking other medications? Take note of the pattern of your pain. For example, is it at a particular time in the day or after an activity? Provide this information to the doctor at your next visit. There’s nothing like "too much information" for a doctor. Feel free to tell the doctor all that's up with you.
We have over 10 years of experience in chronic pain management.
The reason I am able to live a quality life is because of the care I receive from this office. I am extremely grateful. 
– Norma, FL
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