Pain Management Doctor Questions and Answers
Doctors at Harborside Sport & Spine are dedicated to helping you with your pain. We specialize in back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, joint pain and more. For more details please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Jersey City NJ, Hoboken NJ, Kearny NJ, Newark NJ, Belleville NJ, Lyndhurst NJ, East Orange NJ and Elizabeth NJ.
What is a pain management doctor?
A pain management doctor could also be defined as a physician that is certified and experienced with special training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of severe to chronic pain. Pain management doctors are required to have advanced training in pain management therapies, which makes them a better suited doctor to visit if you happen to be suffering from pain. While primary care doctors can and will help their patients, for advanced types of pain, they will more than likely refer the patient to a pain management doctor.
What does a pain management doctor do?
A pain management doctor is able to treat severe to chronic pain that is related to acute sports injuries, and they are also able to work with patients who are suffering with cancer pain. However, the majority of pain doctors work with chronic pain patients. Pain is considered to be chronic if it has lasted in the patient for three months or longer. Chronic pain can be hard to diagnose, also require multiple treatments, and take months, or possibly years, to treat. There are very rare cases in which patients will require treatments throughout their entire life.
Pain management doctors are highly-trained and highly-specialized to diagnose pain conditions, coordinate pain treatment, and provide the continued care for pain patients. They typically work most often with patients who have been experiencing symptoms for three months or longer.
What pain conditions do pain doctors help manage?
There are many different areas on the body that a patient can experience pain. While some may be rare cases, the most common type of conditions that a pain management doctor treats can include some of the following:
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
When should I visit a pain management doctor?
Chronic pain has to start somewhere, whether it is something as simple as having bad posture at a work desk, or leaning forward causing strain on your neck. Pain is considered to be chronic if it has lasted for three months or longer. A patient should definitely make a visit to see a pain management doctor before symptoms begin to progress and get worse. You should see a pain doctor if:
- Pain in running your life, limiting the amount of activity you can engage in
- You have tried many home remedies and the pain simply won’t go away
- You have discussed your pain with your primary care doctor and they cannot seem to come up with a diagnosis to suggest treatment
- Your pain has lasted for three months or longer
- You have severe or unmanageable pain
Why should I go to pain management doctors at Harborside Sport & Spine?
At Harborside Sport & Spine, we pride ourselves to being a state-of-the-art, professional physical rehabilitation and pain management facility that is fully trained and specialized in chiropractic treatments, physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and spinal decompression treatment services. Our patients can be fully confident that they will always receive the appropriate type of care for their unique condition. Our pain management doctors want our patients to be completely comfortable and satisfied with their customized therapy treatments here at Harborside Sport & Spine. We work to ensure this by providing the proper explanation and education to our patients so that they fully understand all procedures and what they are to expect before they begin their treatment program. In each individuals’ treatment plan, they can have physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, acupuncture or massage therapy – in some cases, patients have a combination of some or all of these therapy outlets.