The Helm Center relieves chronic pain and improves quality of life through customized, targeted, contemporary pain management.


Some of the medicines we use for pain, such as opioids, can cause sedation. With time, this sedation goes away. There is extensive research indicating that one can drive safely while on opioids. Only you can decide if you are alert enough to drive. If your medications make you too sleepy, you should not drive. If you are stopped for a driving violation or involved in a traffic accident and you are found to have opioids in your blood or urine you may be charged with driving under the influence. Use common sense when deciding whether or not to drive after a procedure.

The Helm Center may request that you undergo an evaluation by an independent driving instructor regarding your ability to drive safely. This is due in part to the great care we take in providing our patients with the best in medication management and pain therapy techniques.