The Role of a Pain Management Physician – And Why You Should See One

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The Role of a Pain Management Physician – And Why You Should See One

older woman with hula hoopThe medical field continues to learn more about the complexities of pain. Pain is a wide spectrum of disorders that can be acute, chronic or a combination of both. It can stem from many different reasons such as disease, injury, surgery or nerve damage. Sometimes pain can be the problem in and of itself, with no obvious cause at all.

As knowledge about pain increases and pain treatment options rapidly develop, it has become increasingly important to have physicians who are specifically trained in the pain management specialty. Pain management physicians have specific knowledge about:

  • The physiology of pain
  • Specialized tests use to diagnose painful conditions
  • Medications to treat specialized pain problems
  • Procedures and technology used to treat pain

Pain management specialists also play an important role in coordinating treatments in other areas such as physical therapy, psychological therapy or rehabilitation programs. Under their guidance patients can have a comprehensive treatment plan that offers a multidisciplinary approach to treating their pain.

Being referred by your primary care physician or a doctor in another specialty is the best way to begin seeing a pain management physician. Back surgeons, neurologists, oncologists and other specialty doctors who commonly see patients experiencing acute or chronic pain can make referrals.

Dr. Wilson is board certified in both anesthesiology and pain medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is trained in the latest pain management techniques and therapies. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic or acute pain condition, schedule a consultation to learn about treatment options.