Whenever this comes up, you will witness all sorts of opinions from different kinds of people around you. It has always been widely spoken that Pain Specialists are not regarded as regular doctors and should not be allowed to put that prefix to their name. But we are here to dismiss that pity thought from each one of your minds. People are so oblivious of the work and role played by these pain specialists, that they do not even think what they are rooting for and most people outside of the medical field understandably don’t know the difference.
Pain is actually a wide spectrum of disorders including acute pain, chronic pain, and can arise from many different reasons such as surgery, injury, nerve damage, or any metabolic problems. When your body starts presenting any kind of pain, generally you would go for a visit to a regular physician or to your family doctor. Then you might get prescribed some medications or your primary care physician might come up with a diagnosis and provide you with initial stage treatment, it is more of the first step towards pain management. But, there’s a time when that pain becomes persistent and its experience is more complicated, then it demands a longer-term approach to manage it effectively. This is when you start developing chronic conditions and primary care physicians are qualified doctors capable of treating pain, but it is often a question of time. Sometimes chronic pain conditions do not present any other symptoms and often require extensive monitoring over time. A primary care physician may not be willing to provide long-term pain treatments but a pain management specialist can provide more long-lasting treatment options because they have the means to see patients for years to come in order to monitor the success of the treatment and ensure that the patient is making improvements correctly. While a primary care physician may be able to diagnose the condition, pain management specialists are specially trained to identify and accurately diagnose pain disorders, even without the presence of other symptoms. In-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain, the ability to evaluate patients with complicated pain problems, understanding of specialized tests for diagnosing painful conditions, appropriate prescribing of medications to varying pain problems, and skills to perform procedures (such as nerve blocks, spinal injections, and other interventional techniques) are all part of what a pain management specialist uses to treat pain.
No matter what type of pain problems you have, you should have a clearer understanding of your chronic pain and plan the course of further evaluation and treatment that is to be put forth to your pain specialists.