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).
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?
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:
Saves lives – untreated pain may lead to death, often by suicide
Decreases negative effects on various physiological systems, including the
Mismanaged or undermanaged pain can cause
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