Pain Management Specialist Questions and Answers
If you are in need of more information on how a pain management specialist call benefit you, read our Q and A page below. Call Primary Care 360 today or request an appointment online. We serve the surrounding areas of Little Rock, AR, Jacksonville, AR, Maumelle, AR, Cabot, AR, Bryant, AR and Conway, AR.
Pain management is a medical practice that works to alleviate pain in both acute and chronic conditions. Acute pain often arises from an injury or illness and does not last longer than three months. When it does, it is classified as chronic pain, which can occur from medical conditions and severe injuries. Managing these different types of pain and the many different kinds that persist throughout the body is a complex issue and sometimes requires a multidisciplinary approach.
What can I expect from a pain management doctor?
Your pain management doctor will review your medical history and perform physical and neurological exams.
Depending on the severity and chronicity of your pain, your physician may use a multidisciplinary approach to manage your pain. Some are employing interventional pain management. Currently, there are pain relieving injections and non-opioid medications, as well as other less invasive procedures.
Your pain management physician may treat your pain with a coordinated healthcare team that may include:
- Doctors and nurses
- Physical therapy
- Occupational and vocational therapists
- Nutritionist and dietitians
What happens on your first visit to pain management?
The visit usually involves a comprehensive evaluation of the individual’s history of pain, pain assessment, a physical exam, and diagnostic tests. The health care provider may ask for more detailed information regarding treatment history, pain symptoms, and the impact that the pain has on daily activities. The treatment options will vary depending on the origin and severity of the pain.
What do pain management specialists do?
Pain management specialists diagnose the specific cause of your pain and the underlying conditions that lead to it. For example, back pain can be caused by many conditions ranging from a herniated disc and poor posture to a degenerative condition like arthritis.
Once a pain management doctor diagnoses your pain, based on their specialized training and the latest research, they can find the therapy that works best for you. In fact, for patients who haven’t responded to conventional treatments, pain management doctors often conduct their own trials and studies to better understand their condition.
As a way of reducing the amount of medication you need to take or to avoid the need for surgery, pain doctors often use a wide range of nonsurgical, interventional treatments along with complementary therapies.
Some pain management specialists may also prescribe pain-killing medications such as muscle relaxants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Depending on the severity of your specific condition, they may also recommend joint injections, spinal cord stimulation, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, nerve blocks, or neuromodulation. If all methods have not been effective in alleviating your pain, surgery may be an option of last resort.
When should I see a pain specialist?
Pain management specialists are doctors who can diagnose, treat and help prevent chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as lasting for more than three months without improvement. Although when it first develops you may try some self-care at home or see your primary care physician for pain, normally you would see a pain management specialist for persistent pain.
A pain management specialist often works with:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Arm or leg pain
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic pain
- Nonspecific joint pain
- Pain related to a failed surgery
If you or someone you know is experiencing acute or chronic pain and needs to find relief, come to Primary Care 360 today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating pain caused by a wide variety of injuries, illnesses and conditions and can help alleviate your symptoms. For more information on our pain management treatments, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment, you can visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.