Pain Management Clinic

Phone: (406) 457-4180
Location: St. Peter's Medical Group, 2550 Broadway

The Pain Management Clinic is focused on the safe management of chronic pain for those patients whose current pain management regimen includes narcotic pain medications. 

Recent national attention has highlighted the need for increased attention to these medication regimens.
St. Peter’s Medical Group is moving to ensure our patients’ safety by applying the same guidelines now being used by centers of excellence across the country. Patients who visit the Pain Management Clinic will be able to spend more time with experienced nurse practitioners to consider additional ways to better control their pain, drawing from a multi-disciplinary range of choices.
 
Program Goals

Pain is a multifaceted condition that impacts each person differently. We recognize that each patient is unique and develop an individualized plan to relieve suffering and restore functionality.  The goals of the center are to:

  • Develop long-term strategies for pain management, health maintenance and a balanced lifestyle
  • Recover the abilities to perform activities of daily living
  • Facilitate support from a network of care providers to promote continued participation in learned pain management strategies
  • Maximize individual-based pharmacotherapy for pain management

Atwater, Benjamin, M.D.
Pain Specialist
 

Location

The Pain Management Clinic is located at St. Peter’s Medical Group Broadway.  Patients will be seen by appointment only. Please call (406) 457-4180 to schedule your appointment.

 

Pain Management Clinic FAQs

Question:  Do I need a referral to be seen at the Pain Management Clinic?
Answer:  Yes. Patients do need a referrral from a provider.

Question:  What is a pain contract and will I need to sign one?
Answer:  A pain contract is a written contract between you and your provider.  It is used for all patients on chronic opiate therapy.  It lists expectations for both you and  your provider.  It also explains the dangers associated with chronic opiate therapy.  This contract is not meant to single you out or show a lack of trust.

Question:  What is a urine drug screen?
Answer:  A urine drug screen is a test of the urine to check for medications, alcohol, and other drugs.  Everyone on chronic opiate therapy will be required to take this test. This is to protect both patients and providers and is not meant to show a lack of trust.

Question:  Do you prescribe medical marijuana?
Answer:  No, we do not write prescriptions for medical marijuana.

Question:  Do you provide interventions for pain such as injections?
Answer:  Yes, we do injections.

Question:  Why does my SPMG provider want to send me to the Pain Management Clinic?
Answer:  This allows your provider more time to take care of your other health issues and helps decrease the risks associated with opiate medications.

Question: Do you provide prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers?
Answer: Not at the first visit.

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