Pain Medicine

The specialty of Pain Medicine is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitative needs associated with painful disorders. Pain Medicine has a defined body of knowledge and scope of practice and is recognized as a discrete specialty by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Pain Medicine Physician

The physician specializing in Pain Medicine often serves as an educator and a consultant to physicians and other primary care providers on the intricacies of helping patients pain. These physicians are specialty trained and certified as others specialists in medical practice.
Medicine physicians also provide direct care to patients with various conditions by prescribing medication and rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, and counseling patients and their families. Pain Medicine physicians also direct multidisciplinary teams, coordinate care with other healthcare providers, and provide consultation to public and private agencies.

What is Pain?

  • Acute pain or warning pain is the discomfort or pain signal that alerts you to pay attention -- something is wrong in your body. Pain can result from any condition that stimulates the body’s sensors. Example of conditions that cause pain include – but are not limited to – infections, injures, hemorrhages, tumors, and metabolic and endocrine problems. A variety of direct treatments for acute pain are available. Acute pain generally abates as the underlying causative problem is treaded medically or surgically. Early management of the acute pain itself may hasten recovery and reduce length of stay, thus reducing costs.

  • However, sometimes pain does not resolve after medical or surgical treatment, and it becomes chronic in nature. This intractable pain has no relationship to warning of danger and often leads to dramatic changes in a person’s ability to function, to stay productive, and to lead a normal family, occupational, and social life. The ongoing suffering from intractable pain can result in costly and ineffective medical treatments and needless waste of healthcare dollars. Timely referrals for early treatment by a Pain Medicine physician often may dramatically decrease of ongoing care.

  • The intensity, frequency, and quality of pain that a person feels varies form person to person and may bear no relationship to the degree of illness or injury.


Pain Treatment

Once proper assessment has been accomplished, pain can be treated in a variety of settings. Treatment can include Consultation only or direct treatment ranging from prescribing a comprehensive interdisciplinary pain program. Benefits of appropriate pain treatment:


Pain treatment

Saves lives – untreated pain may lead to death, often by suicide

Decreases negative effects on various physiological systems, including the Immune system

  • Reduces suffering for patients families

  • Returns the patient to being in charge of his or her life

  • Allows the patient to become more productive

  • Reduces overuse of the medical system

  • Shortens the patients hospital stay and recovery time

  • Reduces the cost of medical care

Mismanaged or undermanaged pain can cause

  • Extensive, costly, nonproductive workups and treatment

  • Dysfunction in family, vocational, and social life

  • Mental and physical suffering

  • Increased disability costs

  • Escalating healthcare expenditures

Pain Facts

  • Only one-third of persons suffering with chronic headaches seek treatment

  • Cancer pain responds to many forms of treatment in addiction to medications

  • Pain costs the American people $120 billion each year

  • Sixty-five million Americans suffer from painful disabilities each year

  • Nearly 90% of all diseases are noticed because of pain

  • Unrelieved pain can lead to unemployment and decreased productivity

  • Unrelieved pain is associated with alcohol and medication abuse






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