Frequently Asked Questions
Real-time image-guided treatments for pain using the most advanced evidence-based medicine by Board-Certified Pain Specialists.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions related to our services and procedures.
Do you prescribe opioid (narcotic) pain killers for chronic pain?
No. Our doctors specialize in the latest options for treatment of your pain at its source, using real-time image guided techniques and non-opioid based medications. We use evidence-based practice to provide you with the most effective and safest treatments for your chronic pain.
I already got nerve block injections, how is this clinic different? And why should I get my treatment here?
Until recently, the vast majority of injections to treat pain in Canada have been performed without the availability of real-time x-ray and ultrasound guidance. There has also been a nation-wide shortage of board-certified pain medicine specialists in Canada. It is our mission to provide compassionate care to Canadians using the latest technology and advancements to treat chronic pain.
Is this covered by OHIP?
Your consultation is covered by OHIP. The vast majority of our treatments are covered by OHIP as well. We also provide some options that are not OHIP-insured at this time. Your Specialist will discuss what treatments are appropriate and safe for you.
How long is the wait to be seen by a specialist?
We are committed to scheduling your consultation within 2 weeks of receiving a referral from your doctor.
Do I need a referral?
OHIP requires that you have a referral to be seen by a specialist in Ontario. Talk to your family doctor or other referring doctors. The referral form can be found on this website.
Do I need imaging before a consultation?
We encourage you to bring all of your previous imaging to your consultation.
What should I expect the day of the injection?
Depending on the procedure you receive, the treatment usually takes about 30 minutes. Your Doctor will meet with you before the injection to address any questions or concerns. Your doctor will then use real-time X-ray or ultrasound imaging as they are performing the injection for the safest and most effective results. You will be monitored for a short period following the injection before you are discharged home.
I am scared of needles. Are the injections painful?
The injections are intended to target your severe debilitating pain. The procedure is not expected to give you more pain than what you experience on daily experience. Our highly trained and skilled doctors will use freezing agents to make you comfortable throughout the procedure.
What should I expect the day of the Ketamine infusion?
Depending on the length of the infusion you receive, the treatment usually takes anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours. Your Doctor will meet with you before the infusion to address any questions or concerns. An IV will be placed in your arm. The infusion will begin, and you will be monitored closely throughout your infusion. You will be further monitored for a short period following the infusion before you are discharged home with your designated driver.
Will I be able to go back to work after the treatment?
This is not a surgical procedure and most patients return to work the following day.
How many treatments will I need?
Our goal is to improve your quality of life with as few interventions as possible. Typically patients will only require 3-4 visits a year.
What else can I do to help myself besides these interventions?
Our specialists will provide you with a comprehensive and individualized care plan using the latest interventional procedures, non-opioid based medications, and physical therapy. Lifestyle modification is crucial for long term results.
Where are you located?
We are located in North York, in the city of Toronto. The facility is easily accessible by Highway 401 or Don Valley Parkway, as well as by TTC. There is free parking on site. You will also find access to Alpha labs , diagnostic imaging ( X-ray/Ultrasound), physical therapy, pharmacy, and Baretto Cafe.
If you have any other questions about our services, or you need more clarity on our procedures before setting an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.