Living with Chronic Pain
Knowing When You Have the Right Pain Specialist
Pain management can be complicated, for people in pain and their support network. Since so much of chronic pain relief changes from patient to patient, it’s hard to assess whether it’s working, both the treatments and the team. Have you found the right pain specialist for you? Read on to find out.
Roles of Pain Specialists
There are several different types of medical professionals involved in pain management. You may see any of the following pain specialists:
Diagnostic Tools for Finding the Root Cause of Pain
There are many different methods used for diagnosing the cause of pain so that it can be effectively treated. Your healthcare providers may use one or more of the following tools to diagnose your pain:
If you’re satisfied with the care you’re receiving and the results you’re getting, you probably have a great pain specialist who is working hard to address your chronic pain comprehensively. If not, ask your PCP or physiatrist for an alternative specialist for that particular discipline. Don’t for a second be afraid to advocate for yourself!