FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We treat chronic pain. If you have been in chronic pain, which is constant pain that has lasted more than six months due to illness or injury, we can help you.

The treatment of chronic pain requires a dedication to the patient that surpasses what is required in many medical fields because often patients do not get better with one procedure or a single medication.

At Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center, we are committed to provide you the best possible care with the latest technology by the most highly trained physicians and medical staff in Middle Tennessee. We are your partner in relieving your pain and reclaiming your life throughout your treatment with us. We believe a balanced approach is the only way to treat chronic pain and we will do our best to help you regardless of the origin of your pain.

Our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in pain medicine, neurology and other specialty areas. We focus on providing advanced interventional pain treatments to treat almost all forms of chronic pain. Our physicians will perform an extensive examination in order to recommend the most appropriate treatments for your chronic pain condition.

Find a full list of available pain treatments and services here.

Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center accepts most insurance plans, including government-sponsored plans and private commercial insurances.

Find our complete and current list of insurance accepted here.

Our complete list of accepted insurance plans is subject to change so please contact your insurer to verify contracting status.

Yes, however, we will need some information at the time the appointment is scheduled. If your visit has not been authorized by your employer or the insurance carrier, you will be responsible for all charges at the time of service.

This usually depends on your insurance plan. Please call your insurance carrier first before contacting our office to determine if your plan requires a physician’s referral.

If a referral is not required, you can schedule an appointment at any of our locations by calling 615-410-4900 or by completing our appointment request form.

Currently, the American Board of Medical Specialties acknowledges the practice of pain medicine to involve physicians from multiple specialties, including physiatry, psychiatry, anesthesiology and neurology. Interestingly, about of all general neurologists state that they care for patients with chronic spine and limb pain. However, few neurologists are fellowship trained or board certified in pain medicine, just about 450 in the United States. Dr. John Schneider, the founder of Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center, is the only board certified neurologist in Middle Tennessee who is also board certified in pain medicine.

Several neurologic diseases result in chronic pain, such as spinal injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, complex regional pain syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, trigeminal neuralgia and radiculopathy. Pain is a function of the nervous system and neurologists have traditionally been thought of as masterful diagnosticians. Fellow physicians often rely on neurologists to sort out patients’ complex medical histories, tests and symptoms to make the correct diagnosis in order to create effective treatment plans.

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published a position statement in 2001 stating that neurologists have a “special responsibility” to pain patients because of the neurologists’ familiarity with the nervous system and their experience in providing sophisticated pharmacotherapy for a variety of disorders. The unique training received by neurologists to actually diagnose and understand the pathways of pain provides neurologists with the expertise required to accurately diagnose and treat chronic pain patients.

Dr. John Schneider, the founder of Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center, is the only board certified neurologist in Middle Tennessee who is also board certified in pain medicine.

Treating patients with chronic pain requires years of specialized training. Our physicians are board certified by their specialty board and also the subspecialty board of pain medicine. Not all physicians providing pain management services in Tennessee are board certified pain medicine physicians. We believe it is important for you to know your provider’s training and qualifications.

The Tennessee Medical Association has a policy denoting “pain specialists” as only those physicians with certifications such as ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties). When you or a family member needs health care or medical treatment, you want a highly qualified doctor dedicated to providing outstanding care. When you choose a doctor who is board certified by one of the ABMS Member Boards, you can be confident he or she meets nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience and skills to provide high quality care in a specific medical specialty. Board certification goes above and beyond basic medical licensure.

Our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in pain medicine so they have proven they possess the knowledge to make an accurate diagnosis and customize and execute a treatment plan specific to your individual needs.

Call 1-866-ASK-ABMS or click here to see if your physician is board certified in pain medicine.

To request an appointment, you can:

  1. Call us directly at 615-410-4990 during business hours. Note that we are currently closed on Fridays.
  2. Submit your contact information online via our appointment request form. A member of our staff will contact you with an appointment time.
  3. Submit your information by pre-registering as a patient using our Patient Portal. A member of our staff will contact you with an appointment time.

For guidance on when you should arrive for your appointment and what you should bring, please visit our Prepare for your Visit page. 

For guidance on when you should arrive for your appointment and what you should bring, please visit our Prepare for your Visit page. 

We accept debit cards, Visa, MasterCard and CareCredit.

We offer Same- and Next-Day Appointments
New patients always acceptED

We look forward to helping you
relieve pain and reclaim your life

Physician Referrals Welcome

Choose Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center to help manage your pain or your patient’s pain

Please adhere to the following for the health and safety of you, our staff and other patients:
  • Masks are required. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be seen.
  • Only patients are allowed in the office; no friends, rides or family.
  • DO NOT enter the clinic if you have a cough or fever. Please call and reschedule.
  • Maintain 6-feet distance from others while in waiting room.