What Exactly Does a Pain Management Specialist Do?

February 16, 2022

pain specialist When you begin experiencing symptoms of pain, whether chronic or acute, there could be many, many reasons for it. Chronic pain, especially, can be a very elusive condition. 

Many people who are experiencing persistent pain start trying to find answers by scheduling an appointment with their primary care doctor. While this may be a good starting point, it’s possible you will need a doctor who has specialized pain management expertise.

That’s what we’re here for at Southside Pain Specialists. We have a team of highly specialized, board-certified pain management doctors with decades of experience working with a variety of pain mitigation techniques.

What Exactly Does a Pain Management Specialist Do?

As pain management specialists, we are doctors who evaluate your pain and treat a wide range of pain problems. This may include sudden pain problems such as headaches, or many types of long-lasting pain, such as lower back pain. We may use a multi-disciplinary approach involving medication-based treatments and procedures to identify and treat pain. 

Our goal is to decrease the pain you experience and improve your quality of life. Several studies show that those who receive comprehensive pain management have less pain and emotional distress and are able to perform daily tasks more easily.

We can place the types of pain we treat into three main categories:

  1. Pain due to direct tissue injury, such as arthritis
  2. Pain due to nerve injury or a nervous system disease, such as a stroke
  3. Pain that is a mix of tissue and nerve injury, such as back pain

More specifically, these are some of the conditions or disorders that may cause pain that we are able to help patients with:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve or nervous system disorders
  • Post-stroke pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Neuropathy
  • Mixed pain disorders
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain

Pain is often a complex problem, so it’s important to work with a physician who has specialized knowledge and skills to treat these conditions. An in-depth understanding of the physiology of pain and the ability to evaluate patients with complicated pain problems are two of the most important things we are able to provide.

We can also play an important role in coordinating additional care such as physical therapy, psychological therapy, and rehabilitation programs in order to offer a comprehensive treatment plan.

Here are some additional reasons to consider working with a pain management specialist, all things we work hard to provide at Southside Pain:

  • In-depth knowledge of pain disorders
  • Ability to evaluate patients with difficult pain disorders
  • Appropriate prescribing of medications for pain problems
  • Ability to use different diagnostic tests to pinpoint the cause of pain
  • Skill with procedures, such as nerve blocks and spinal injections
  • A good network of outside providers for physical therapy, psychological support, or surgical evaluation
  • Treatment that is in line with a patient’s wishes and belief system
  • Up-to-date equipment
  • Helpful office staff

Start your pain management journey by scheduling an appointment at Southside Pain Specialists

With highly specialized training and a multitude of pain relief options, Southside Pain Specialists follow the standards of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, The American Board of Pain Medicine, and the International Spinal Injection Society. We work hard to provide patients with comprehensive, caring pain relief when they need it most. Check out our website or contact us today at 205.332.3155 to learn more.