WHAT IS PAIN MANAGEMENT?
Pain management is a term to describe treatments and interventions that relieve pain, improving the quality of life in individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain.
Effective pain management programs involve cooperation between many health care professionals and specialists. This multidisciplinary approach leads to a better, more thorough delivery of care.
Pain management team members include primary care physicians, various other specialists, allied health professionals and alternative/complementary medicine practitioners.
Typically, an interventional pain physician establishes a diagnosis through physical examination, review of prior medical history, and evaluation of previous treatments. With this information, a plan of care is established. Further testing may be necessary, such as X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, or lab work, to determine the best course of action. Treatment options may include physical therapy, medications, injections, minimally invasive surgery or counseling.
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