What A Pain Management Specialist Can Do For You
Author Zizzur Staff. Published on October 17, 2011 - 11:28 pm (654 views — 366 words
To those people who are constantly feeling pain, a pain management specialist is like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue them from their daily misery. Dealing with chronic pain is no easy task. Anyone who has undergone extreme pain for prolonged periods would be able to connect to this metaphor. How could someone suffering from pain disregard the fact that pain specialists are trying to help them address the symptoms of their disease and help them attain a pain-free future.
Depending on the type of pain, there are various types of pain management specialists that diagnose, manage, and treat people suffering from pain. Palliative care doctors are the type of doctors who focus on pain management. There are two basic type of pain management specialists, those who try to manage pain through changes in lifestyle such as diet and exercise, on the other hand, there are specialists who would rather seize the pain right away through the use of maintenance medicine. Anestheseologists specialize on managing more complicated pain cases regardless if they are chronic or acute types of pain. Members of a team usually include a neurologist, orthopedist, surgeons, physiatrist, therapists, nurses and even a psychologist or psychiatrist. The teams focus is to immediately address the pain issue of a patient and to manage it properly that the patient enjoys a decent quality of life.
A pain management specialist looks and tries to understand the pain history of the patient using every diagnostic tool and method available at hand such as X-ray, MRI, discography, CT Scan, PET Scan, Neurological and physical examinations and others. Through the use of these tools, a pain specialist can uncover the real reason behind patient's pain issues and address it through the various methods of treatment. These cases can not be treated by a single specialization, because of the complexities these cases usually have. In order for a patient to regain his/her quality of lifestyle, a multi-disciplinary approach is highly recommended. Giving the patient a complete pain-free life is the main goal, but in most cases this is impossible, so the specialist’s job is to make sure that the pain experienced by the patient is kept at a minimum.