What is Pain Management?
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.