Referral to Dr. Ezzo
Patients can self-refer to see Dr. Ezzo
Dr. Michael J. Ezzo, Ed.D.
Dr. Ezzo received his doctorate in 1986 from Western Michigan University and did his post graduate work as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Osteopathic Medicine. He has spent his carreer either writing or designing software or working in a clinical setting.
Dr. Ezzo specializes in Neuropsychology with a speciality in pain management. Currently, Dr. Ezzo is designing neuro and biofeedback interfaces to help patients with migraines, concentration and attention problems, reading disorders, or chronic pain.
EF Chronic Pain Scale
In an attempt to better measure pain we are refining this pain scale. If you have questions please let us know at email@example.com.
0 - No pain
1 My pain is minimally present
2 My pain signal is constant and is bugging me
3 My Pain signal intermittent and annoying or distracting
4 Pain is constant but not as strong
5 Pain signals are strong but intermittent
6 Pain signals are strong and constant (it's more time consuming to do activities-of-daily-living)
7 Current pain strategies are not working
I need to change strategies and I usually find something that will work
If it was night I could not sleep
8 Current pain strategies are not working and I'm feeling desperate
9 I Cannot focus on anything my
Medications are not working and I'm having difficulty applying any strategies - I Just want to lie down and try to sleep
10 All strategies are not working and I require medical assistance
Our Pain Management Process
When you arrive to the clinic for your initial consult, a picture I.D., insurance card, and verification of current insurance will be necessary. Any insurance co-pays that are due will be paid at this time. You will need to bring with you all diagnostic studies that are relative to your area of pain, with reports if possible. These studies should be on a compact disc. If you only have films or reports, you should notify the office before your appointment, or risk being rescheduled as we prefer to evaluate images using the tools that computer software offers.
If you have been referred for pain and it is related to a work injury or motor vehicle accident it is your responsibility to identify this on the first evaluation. All necessary paperwork and insurance authorizations are your responsibility; any attorney involvement should also be identified so that documentation can be provided to their office.
Any type of paperwork or documentation for disability, restrictions, or work-off will require up to 1 - 2 weeks to complete and will involve a fee which will be paid upon completion. In most cases, a meeting will be scheduled with you to assure that the documentation is completed accurately.
If you arrive to this clinic off-work or on restrictions from another physician, they will continue this process until we have had time to review the documentation. No restrictions or time-off will be provided on the initial evaluation. Once reviewed, we will determine if continuation is warranted or if other studies or evaluations are necessary. We feel that you and your employer benefit by you continuing to work in some capacity, so we will make every attempt to return you to work. If you miss work, or require time off during treatment it will be necessary for you to notify the clinic on the day missed. No retroactive missed days will be covered. If you are released from work you will be required to attend weekly pain management sessions to help you receive the care and attention you need to return to work.
Commitment and Experience
We have 25 years of experience in the diagnosis and management of intractable pain. We utilize the most advanced technologies available, and are actively involved in the with the major manufacturers in the development of new strategies and techniques in the management of pain. We are currently training, and have trained many of the pain physicians from all over the country, as well Michigan. We were the first in the state of Michigan to perform many of these techniques.
We make one assumption, that our patients have failed conservative options, are not candidates for surgery, or have had surgery that failed to control their pain. We assume we are their last stop, so we do everything necessary to provide them with hope, and management of their intractable pain.
Understanding is key to your success
Your first appointment with Dr. Ferro will begin the pain management treatment process. His focus will be on medical factors contributing to your pain issues and identifying your initial course of treatment. Effective pain management requires a multidisciplinary intervention. Dr. Ezzo will meet with you to continue the evaluation process and help coordinate other needed treatments that can help increase your chances of success.
Throughout your treatment with MdPM, formal evaluations can occur as we conduct regular meetings to evaluate patient issues. These are call staffings and can be triggered by medical issues, such as:
Side effects or drug interaction issues
Changes in your medical condition
Less than desirable results from a procedure
If your have a case manager assisting you with your medical treatments they can be invited to attend a staffing meeting. Please encourage them to participate.
Our goal is to provide long term pain control, improved functional capability, improved quality of life, and reduced medication requirements.
We utilize state of the art interventional technology in the control and stabilization of intractable pain. One of our specialties is in the management of failed spine surgery pain in both neck and low back, along the pain which can extend into the extremities. With the use of advanced technologies, such as Spinal Cord Stimulation, Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, and Spinal Infusion Pumps, we can significantly control or improve pain from spinal surgery, peripheral neuropathies, and many forms of headaches.
We are also dedicated to providing education to the medical community. We are actively involved in the education and instruction of other interventional pain physicians. We instruct courses on the Advanced Technologies: Spinal Cord Stimulation, Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, and Spinal Infusion Systems.