Pain management is a sub-specialty of medicine that deals with patients in pain.

Pain Management

Pain management is the sub-specialty of medicine that deals with patients in pain. There are two main categories of pain: Acute and chronic. Acute pain is recent, within six months or less. Chronic pain is any pain lasting longer than six months. 

 

The main goal of treating acute pain effectively is to prevent the condition from becoming chronic. 

Doctors who specialize in pain management recognize the complex nature of pain and approach the problem from all directions.


Your first visit for pain management may include the following:

 

  • Pain evaluation

  • Diagnostic testing

  • Surgeon evaluation

  • Interventional treatments such as injections or spinal cord stimulator

  • Physical therapy to increase range-of-motion

Goals of Pain Management:
 

  • Minimize pain, as it is often impossible to eliminate it completely

 

  • Improve function

 

  • Increase your quality of life

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