What is a Pain Management Doctor?
A pain management doctor is a board-certified physician (typically an anesthesiologist) with a subspecialty certification in pain medicine. To earn the subspecialty certification, the doctor must complete additional training and pass a rigorous exam.
The doctors at Pain Specialists of America are fully credentialed with certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology, fellowship training in pain medicine, and a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in pain management.
Every pain management doctor should develop some goals for their patient, based on their unique situation. The general goals for our patients include:
- Understand and treat what’s causing the pain
- Reduce and manage your pain level – intensity, frequency, and duration
- Improve sleep patterns and overall quality of life
- Improve function and activity level after pain is under control
- Empower patients to self-manage chronic pain at home
The patient-doctor relationship is vital to the success of any medical treatment, but it is especially the case for pain treatments. Pain doctors need to understand how you perceive your pain. In other words:
- What is your tolerance for pain?
- How does that affect your description of the pain?
- How should treatment be tailored to address your pain?
These are the questions a pain management doctor needs to address on a case-by-case basis by developing a level of trust and comfort with the patient.
Pain management doctors also recognize that patients need support from friends and family outside of the clinic. Chronic pain affects your physical, mental, and emotional state. Having realistic expectations and a positive attitude contributes to the overall success of your treatment.
We have the experience, knowledge, and qualifications to administer highly advanced and innovative techniques that are effective in relieving numerous types of pain from conditions such as:
- Abdominal pain
- Arthritis pain
- Cancer pain
- Chest wall pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facial pain
- Migraine headaches
- Herniated discs
- Low back pain
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Neck pain
- Neuralgias – occipital, intercostal, post-herpetic
- Pelvic pain
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Phantom limb pain
- Post-myelogram or spinal headache
- Post-surgical pain
- Post-traumatic pain
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Slipped vertebrae – spondylolisthesis
- Spinal cord tumors
- Spinal stenosis
- Stress fracture – spondylolysis
Pain Specialists of America makes every effort to see patients quickly because we know you are hurting. Please call (855) 876-7246 to make an appointment, or request an appointment online at any of our pain clinics in Austin, Texas. We also offer a FASTRAC program for same-day appointments by referral only.