That aching back or stress headache can usually be helped by OTC meds and resting. When typical methods stop working and the pains become more frequent, these annoyances reach another level, namely chronic pain. If this sounds like you, let us explain the benefits of seeing a pain management specialist.
The First Step
If you have been working with your primary care physician for chronic pain, followed all their recommendations, and still have not found relief, it is most likely time to ask about a pain management specialist.
You will not be leaving your PCP in the dark or leaving their practice. You will be finding an associate specialist who will work with your primary doctor. This is someone who has special training and is familiar with advanced procedures to reduce your pain.
Expertise To Handle All Types Of Pain
A pain specialist goes through 9 years of training in order to be certified by the American Board Of Pain Medicine, a unique field. They have in depth knowledge of pain disorders, use state of the art equipment, and have the skill to perform procedures like nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablations, spinal injections, and pain pumps.
They specialize in neuropathic pain, cancer pain, post surgical pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post stroke pain. They work with neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons
They have undergone special training to evaluate the cause of chronic pain and treat it accordingly. Their goal is to reduce the intensity of pain and improve the quality of life for their patients.
Communication Is Key
In order to reap the benefits of seeing a pain management specialist, honest communication with your pain specialist is essential, especially at the first visit. Be prepared to explain your level of pain, when it occurs, and know your family medical history. Bring your referral from you PCP if given one and provide all previous testing and imaging.
Don’t expect instant results, but be aware finding the root cause of your pain and then treating it is all part of the process.