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What is pain management ?

Pain Management is a broad term referring to the evaluation and treatment of various painful conditions.  There are several components of pain management but some pain practices focus on one or two aspects, without using all available resources for the treatment of your pain.  Make sure you are seen by a physician who utilizes all therapies for your pain control.

What is interventional pain management ?
According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), interventional pain management is a "discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders." Depending on your need, doctors from different specialties work together to help relieve and control the pain.  This is done by using minimally invasive procedures to both diagnose and treat the painful areas.  The ultimate goal of interventional pain management is to allow you to return to your usual functional level without having to rely heavily on medication.
What is chronic pain ?
Originally, chronic pain was defined as pain lasting longer than 6 months.  More recently, chronic pain is considered any pain that persists beyond a time period that is reasonably expected for the damage or injury that has occurred.
What training does an interventional pain physician have ?
All doctors must graduate from medical school and complete a specialty training program called residency.  A residency program can be 3 to 5 years, depending on the specialty.  An interventional pain physician completes an additional year of subspecialty training focusing on the comprehensive treatment of chronic cancer and non-cancer pain.  During this training, emphasis is placed on appropriate medication management, including awareness and treatment of side effects and possible medication interactions.  The doctor is also trained in performing the correct injections and minimally invasive procedures for a specific type of pain in a safe and efficient manner.  All of the doctors at Pain Care Specialists have completed this subspecialty training.  Make sure your doctor is adequately trained to perform any proposed procedures for the treatment of your pain.