People develop pain for many reasons. Pain from a recent surgery, injury or medical illness is called acute pain. In many cases, this pain can be managed immediately and will usually get better in just a short time. For more serious pain, however, your primary care doctor may ask a pain medicine doctor to help manage your pain while you are healing. If your pain persists after the healing process should be over, you might have what is called chronic pain. If the current treatment you are receiving stops working or your pain begins to get worse over time, your primary care doctor may suggest that you see a pain medicine doctor. Cancer pain is another condition that can be managed by a pain medicine doctor while the patient continues to receive treatment for various types of cancer. The pain can be due to cancer surgery or treatment procedures, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, or the tumor itself.

If you are planning on receiving opioid therapy, you must be referred by your primary care physician, surgeon or specialist. Otherwise, you may self-refer to our practice. The referring physician can complete our consult questionnaire and fax it directly to us. We will evaluate the form and contact you to schedule an appointment for consultation. If your insurance requires you to have a referral, you must also obtain an appropriate referral from your primary care physician.

We understand your time is valuable. We will evaluate the medical information provided to us by your referring physician to ensure we are an appropriate place for you to receive treatment.

We accept most insurances including:

  • Auto Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • TriCare
  • AmeriHealth
  • CIGNA
  • AETNA
  • Coventry
  • Diamond State Health Plan
  • United Healthcare Community Action
  • Delaware Physicians Care
  • Delaware Medical Assitance Program
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • & much more...

Our office staff will determine what your coverage is and we will do our best to accept you. If you have any questions, call or email us anytime.

Like other physicians, anesthesiologists earn a college degree, four years of medical school, four years learning the medical specialty of anesthesiology and pain medicine, and sometimes, an additional year of fellowship training to become a "sub-specialist," or an expert in treating pain.

Yes, it is very important that the pain doctor that is managing your pain is board certified/eligible. Board eligible means that your pain doctor has had pain management training but hasn't completed the final boards proving his/her knowledge. Board certified means he/she has finished pain management training and have proven to medical society that he/she is qualified to treat pain. Click here to find out more!

You will be evaluated initially by one of our physicians who will gather important information about your pain and perform a physical exam. After hearing about your pain history and pain examination, the physician will make an individualized treatment plan and discuss options for treatment and answer your questions. The physician will guide your course of treatment, by scheduling you for procedures or follow-ups as necessary or, and by referring you to physical therapy.

Sussex Pain Relief Center must perform the appropriate and required diligence to investigate each patient’s claim regarding their medication prescriptions. This process will require confirmation of the medication regimen with the original prescriber of the medication. Documentation regarding the data of the most recent prescriptions(s) with the number prescribed and any refills noted will be reviewed. Issues of previous noncompliance with narcotics or medications prescribed will need to be reviewed. You WILL NOT be prescribed a narcotic regimen until the appropriate investigation is complete. We might NOT write prescription for opioids on the first clinic visit, so please do not arrive with the expectation that we will automatically refill your prescription.

No, co-payment is due at the time of service. All deductibles and additional co-pays will be further billed after your insurance assessment. We accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.