Patients

On Your First Visit

On your first visit to Strive! Spine and Pain Centers, you’ll complete our New Patient form. You can save time by downloading the form in the next section and providing the completed form when you arrive for your appointment.

New Patient Form

Download our New Patient Form and complete at home. Bring your completed form to your scheduled appointment.

Insurance

Some of the insurance companies we work with include:

  • Medicare
  • BCBS of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Tricare South (Standard)
  • United HealthCare

Workmen’s Comp Carriers

  • Federal Employees (OWCP)
  • Gallagher Bassett
  • Heritage Summit
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Rockport
  • Three Rivers

If your insurance company is not listed, please call our office at 352-690-7777 and we will verify your coverage for your treatments.

What to Expect with Your Spinal Injection

What Is a Spinal Injection?

A spinal injection can help reduce pain and improve function. An injection can also help identify the source of your pain. The type of injection you receive will be determined by your specific symptoms and the results of your physical examination.

Preparing For Your Injections

  • Provide a list of medicines you take and any allergies you may have.
  • Have someone available to drive you home after your procedure.
  • It may be necessary to refrain from eating or drinking for up to six hours before your procedure. If you take medication for diabetes, tell your doctor. Your medication mey be adjusted both before and after the procedure.
  • Bring any X-ray films and CT or MRI scans with you.
  • You may receive an intravenous (IV) line before the procedure.

During the Procedure

  • The procedure is usually brief, but your position during the procedure is very important to make the injection go smoothly.
  • Your skin will be cleaned with a solution and a sterile drape will be placed over your skin.
  • The doctor may elect to administer a calming drug (sedation) if he feels it is appropriate,
  • A local anesthetic is usually given near the injection site to numb the skin.
  • Fluoroscopy is often used to place the injection precisely.

After the Procedure

  • A small bandage may be placed on the injection site.
  • You may spend time in a recovery area and be monitored to make sure you are doing well.
  • Someone should drive you home.
  • If there is soreness after your procedure, you may place an ice pack on the injection site for 10-20 minutes at a time.
  • You may shower, but avoid a bath, pool or whirlpool for 24-48 hours.
  • You may usually resume normal activities the day after your injection.
  • You may usually resume your exercise program or physical therapy program within one week.
  • You may experience the following side effects for up to a few days after your injection:
    • Headaches
    • Briefly increased pain
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Facial flushing
    • Hiccups
  • It may take a few days, even up to a week or longer, for the medicine to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • If you received sedation during your procedure, you should not drive for 24 hours.
  • Your doctor may want to follow-up with you in 1-3 weeks.
  • Call our office or go to the emergency room if you experience any of the following:
    • Fever or chills
    • Severe pain or headache
    • Loss of bowel or bladder control
    • Weakness that gets progressively worse
    • Redness or swelling around the injection site