Pain medicine is a medical specialty that involves the prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals in pain. Some conditions may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, while others may constitute the primary problem.
Pain Medicine Specialists use a broad-based approach to treat all pain disorders and conditions, including arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, sports injuries, and vascular disorders. The physician may provide care at various levels such as treating the patient directly, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, or counseling patients and families.
Specialists typically formulate comprehensive treatment plans, which consider the patients’ cultural contexts, as well as the special needs of the pediatric and geriatric populations. Evaluation techniques include interpretation of historical data, review of previous laboratory, assessment of behavioral, social, occupational, and avocational issues, and interview and examination of the patient by the pain specialist.
If you are experiencing persistent pain, please seek treatment from one of our specialists.