Living with Chronic Pain
Find the Right Pain Specialist
Oftentimes, individuals with chronic pain may visit many health care providers before finding a provider who specializes in chronic pain. Pain management specialists have advanced training in evaluating, diagnosing and treating acute, chronic and cancer pain. New medications, treatments and technologies are always surfacing. Pain management specialists continue to educate themselves about any new treatment options available. A pain management specialist can provide a treatment plan with a multidisciplinary approach involving physical therapy, rehabilitation programs, psychological therapy and more.
Ask a primary care physician for a referral to a pain management specialist.
The websites of pain advocacy organizations provide resources, support groups and programs. A trusted group is the American Chronic Pain Association.
Always be ready for the first or next visit with a pain specialist. Having a pain log available for the health care provider will help uncover chronic pain trends and patterns.
There are online directories help to locate pain management specialists, organizations, clinics, centers and condition-specific groups in a specific geographical area.
After the search for a pain management specialist is complete, focus on developing a healthy relationship with the chosen provider.