Treatment Agreements: What You Need to Know Before Signing
If you go to a pain clinic or pain management specialist, you will almost certainly be required to sign a treatment agreement in order to be treated. Even if your family physician or other specialist is handling your pain management, if you are being prescribed controlled substances (e.g., hydrocodone, oxycodone, alprazolam, etc.) on a regular basis, you may be asked to sign a treatment agreement.
When you’re asked to sign this agreement you may be so desperate for pain relief, you’d be willing to sign anything - even without reading it carefully or understanding it completely. However, if you don’t understand and abide by every point in that agreement, you could find yourself without pain medication, facing withdrawal, and unable to find another doctor who will prescribe it for you. Read more…
Karen is the co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association. She wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Pain Management.