What is Pain Management?
Pain management is a specialty of medicine that focuses on comprehensive management of conditions that cause chronic or extended periods of pain. These conditions often include arthritis, spine pain, nerve pain, chronic migraines, pain resulting from trauma, and many others. Pain management specialists employ several methods in the treatment of pain. This includes medication management through a variety of types. This includes anti-inflammatory, neuropathic, and muscle related medications. Secondly the utilization of effective interventions including steroid injections, nerve blocks, and botox to control pain and inflammation. This speciality is for the treatment of pain, not the treatment of addiction. However, if someone is interested in alternative therapies to pain management besides narcotic pain medications a pain management specialist will be able to help.
What Does a Pain Management Specialist Do?
A pain management specialist is a licensed, trained physician in the management of conditions that result in chronic pain. Pain management specialists employ a variety of modalities through both interventions and medication management. The goal of pain management is to control chronic pain enough to allow improved function and quality of life. They meet with patients often to review effectiveness and safety of treatment. Pain specialists will coordinate with other medical specialists as needed to make sure treatment is effective. MRI, x-ray, ultrasound, and other imaging may also be used if needed.
When Should I See a Pain Management Specialist?
If you have been experiencing pain for an extended period of time and/or your primary care physician is not able to help alleviate that pain then it is time to see a pain management specialist.