What Does a Pain Management Specialist Do?

What Does a Pain Management Specialist Do?

For those who are living in pain, working with a pain management specialist may be the key to getting relief. At Pain Control Associates, LLC, we are ready to help you. We often receive questions about a pain management specialist’s role and how the pain management specialists at our office can help — consider these answers to frequently asked questions and call our team directly for an appointment with one of our pain management specialists.

What Does a Pain Management Specialist Actually Do?

A pain management specialist is a doctor who specializes in pain management; their background and training is focused on the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of pain types. For those who are suffering from chronic pain that traditional medicine has not alleviated, working with a pain management specialist who has the expert skills and knowledge to treat pain could help. A pain management specialist will be able to accurately diagnose pain, as well as prescribe a variety of treatment options, including alternative therapies. 

What Types of Pain Can a Pain Management Specialist Treat?

A pain management specialist is trained to be able to treat pain that originates from a variety of sources and causes. For example, a pain management specialist can work with patients who are suffering from pain as a result of medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and more. A pain management specialist can also treat patients whose pain is the result of an acute injury — such as a fall or a car accident — or the result of a repetitive motion or repetitive stress injury — such as bad posture at a computer or years of lifting heavy items. 

What Questions Should I Ask a Pain Management Specialist Before Hiring Them?

If you are suffering from pain and have not been able to seek relief from your regular physician, you should consider working with a pain management specialist. Before you choose just any doctor, though, you should do your homework and background research first. Important questions to ask a pain management specialist include:

  • What is your experience treating pain like mine?
  • Where did you go to school/ what are your qualifications and certifications?
  • For how long have you been practicing pain management therapies?
  • What types of treatments do you prescribe to patients? 

You want to find a doctor who is board-certified, has experience working on cases like yours, and offers a wide range of treatment options for patients with surgery as a last-resort option.

Call Pain Control Associates, LLC Today

To learn more about the pain management specialists at Pain Control Associates, LLC and how our doctors can help you to get relief from pain, call us today or send us a message online with any questions you have. We are here to help you.

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