21 May What does a Pain Doctor do?
Pain doctors or pain management specialists are highly trained and specialized doctors who diagnose conditions, coordinate treatment, and provide ongoing care for pain patients. While pain doctors can treat any type of pain, they work most often with chronic pain patients. Chronic pain refers to pain that has persisted for 3 months or longer.
What makes a pain doctor different from other doctors?
Pain doctors have advanced training in diagnosing and treating different types of pain. That makes them the best fit if you are suffering from pain. Pain doctors go through an additional one-year fellowship in pain management after their residency. Pain doctor can treat all types of pain, from acute sports injuries to cancer pain.
Which conditions are treated by pain doctors?
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Head pain and migraines
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
What does a pain management doctor do?
Your pain management doctor will:
- diagnose the cause of your pain
- discuss potential pain treatments
- coordinate care between multiple healthcare professionals, such as physical therapists and rehabilitation experts
- prescribe medication
- perform interventional procedures
- provide ongoing care for chronic pain and other symptoms
When should I visit a pain doctor?
You should immediately visit a pain management doctor if –
- pain is limiting what you like doing, your work and relationships
- you’ve tried rest and reducing your activity to relieve your pain but haven’t found relief
- other doctors haven’t been able to diagnose the cause of your pain
- your pain has lasted for 3 months or more
- you have any severe or debilitating pain