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Referring Offices


Patients with any of the clinical presentations/conditions listed below are excellent candidates for referral to the pain medicine specialists of Valley Pain Consultants for appropriate, ethical and comprehensive evaluation.

If you have a patient to refer to Valley Pain Consultants, you may complete the referral form and fax to 602-648-4361.

If you have questions please call 480.467.CARE (2273).

Treatment-based "trigger points" for referral to pain medicine

  • Any  time the physician feels uncomfortable with the patient's clinical progress or medication use
  • Patient on stable opioid analgesic pain medication who states it is no longer effective, or  patient requiring a  medication switch
  • Lack of response to physical therapy after 4-6 visits or 30-45 days
    • consider referral to VPC for  confirmatory diagnosis and evaluation prior to physical therapy

Condition-based "trigger points" for referral

  • Radicular arm or leg  pain from the neck or low back, if associated with extremity sensory or motor changes
    • consider immediate referral
  • Residual pain after neck or low back surgery, regardless of when the surgery occurred
  • Neuropathic pain, particularly of the upper or lower extremities
  • Pain that limits function and activity, including
    • headache, vertebral compression fracture, spasticity, non-malignant cancer pain
  • New onset weakness/sensory deficits  in upper or lower extremities

Time-based "trigger points" for referral

  • New (acute) pain lasting more than one month, or still not resolving at follow-up visit
  • Pain that requires  short-acting opioid for longer than 1-2  months

* A pain medicine specialist should possess the training and certification  listed below :

  • ACGME-accredited fellowship in Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) board certification  and subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine from the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)


Referring Office Survey

The physicians and team members of Valley Pain Consultants are privileged to assist in the care of your patients. Our pain management specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, front office teams, Medical Assistants and billing personnel are continually seeking to improve our client service experience.

Referring Office FAQ's

When is the optimal time in their treatment plan to refer a patient to Valley Pain Consultants for evaluation by a pain medicine specialist*?
Is a referral necessary even if the patient’s insurance does not require one?
Will Valley notify the referring office once the patient is scheduled?
How does the referring office know if the patient is going to the appropriate Valley physician for the patient's condition or procedure needed?
Do the Valley physicians refer to each other within the group for patients requiring specialized treatments?
What if our practice needs a patient scheduled as soon as possible?
Does Valley Pain Consultants schedule patients for medication management?