26 Aug What does a Pain Specialist do?
You may have heard of various specialties in medicine, such as cardiology and orthopedics. But do you know about doctors who specialize in chronic pain medicine – the Pain Specialists, also known as Pain doctors.
Pain management and treatment includes various types of techniques and treatment methods but all the goal of managing pain remains the same. Many pain specialists have training in anesthesiology, physical therapy, or even neurology. They treat many conditions that cause chronic pain. These could range from headaches and spine issues to recent injuries and osteoarthritis.
Common issues treated by pain specialists include –
- Neck and back pain
- Joint pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Herniated and bulging discs, Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), Sciatica, Scoliosis, and more
To treat this pain, the pain specialist customizes treatment plans on an individual basis. The type and severity of pain, cause of the pain, and patient lifestyle are all taken into consideration. The treatment options may be conservative or minimally invasive. These include –
- injections (steroid, anesthesia, epidural)
- nerve blocks
- physical therapy
- trigger point injections
- radiofrequency ablation
- implantable devices
Pain management is an advanced field in medicine, with cutting-edge treatments that can treat, and prevent your pain so that you don’t have to be limited in living the life you love.