By Comprehensive Pain Specialists
WHAT IS A PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTOR?
A pain doctor, also called a pain specialist or pain management specialist, is a medical doctor (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) who specializes in pain medicine. Pain medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of pain.
As the field of medicine learns more about the complexities of pain, it has become more important to have physicians with specialized knowledge and skills to treat these conditions. An in-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain, the ability to evaluate patients with complicated pain problems, understanding of specialized tests for diagnosing painful conditions, appropriate prescribing of medications to varying pain problems, and skills to perform procedures (such as nerve blocks, spinal injections and other interventional techniques) are all part of what the physicians at Comprehensive Pain Specialists use to treat pain. Finally, our team plays an important role in coordinating additional care such as physical therapy, psychological therapy, and rehabilitation programs in order to offer patients a comprehensive treatment plan with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of their pain.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR
At Comprehensive Pain Specialists, we specialize in the management of pain as a symptom of disease and primary pain disorders. Our physicians treat patients who experience pain related to a specific cause (e.g., cancer pain, injury, postoperative pain) and patients who suffer pain as a primary condition (e.g., frequent headaches, neuropathic pain). Occasionally, pain can even be the problem all by itself, without any obvious cause at all. Common types of pain we treat and manage for patients include:
• Back and neck pain
• Cancer pain
• Nerve pain
• Workers comp & auto injury (Not offered at all locations)
• Pain that has lasted more than 24 hours
The best way to be referred to Comprehensive Pain Specialists is through a primary care physician. Our team of physicians and midlevel providers offer a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with referring physicians to insure good communication, which in turn helps provide the optimum treatment for their patients. Patients are also often referred by specialists who deal with different types of pain problems. We work regularly with back surgeons, neurologists, cancer doctors, as well as many other specialists. You can call 855.615.PAIN (7246) to schedule an appointment or fax us a referral at 888.295.1610.