More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. For many, this pain interferes with daily activities, work, and sleep. To successfully treat and alleviate this type of pain, there’s rarely a quick and simple cure-all. Instead, it takes a multi-faceted treatment plan to achieve and maintain lasting results.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that overcoming pain should be a team effort and, as a result, more and more pain sufferers are partnering with a pain management physician. However, many patients have questions about what a pain management physician does and what they should be looking for when choosing a physician. This article will answer those questions to better educate patients on the process of partnering with a pain management physician to get pain relief.
Understanding What Pain Management Centers Do
Pain management clinics or centers are medical practices that are dedicated to diagnosing and treating conditions that cause pain. Such practices are led by a pain management specialist who has training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain. These doctors have expertise and in-depth understanding of the complexities of pain as well as unique skills to treat it.
The most effective way to combat pain takes a multi-disciplinary approach and a team of specialists, including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, and psychologists. In addition to treating pain, these teams are committed to educating patients, helping them to make lifestyle changes and offering them alternative treatments. The focus is on the patient as a whole, not just the pain.
What to Expect from a Pain Management Doctor
When choosing a pain management specialist, keep two things in mind. First, you want a doctor that specializes in your condition. Second, you want a doctor that understands the importance of closely partnering with you. You must feel comfortable with the specialist and his or her team. A good pain management specialist will work closely with you to coordinate treatments, goals, lifestyle changes, and education. You want a doctor who is committed to you.
Glaser Pain Relief Center is led by Dr. Jeffrey B. Glaser, a dual board-certified physician that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders causing pain. He has more than 18 years of experience and has successfully treated thousands of patients. Through his experience, he has come to understand the importance of working closely with patients to not only provide innovative treatments but to also help with lifestyle changes, exercise, and diet. Further, he appreciates the importance of working with a highly skilled team, educating patients, and ensuring effective communication between the patient and the entire staff.
If you are suffering from pain or have any questions about working with a pain management specialist, contact us today to schedule a consultation.