Don’t Let Pain Slow You Down
Not all pain doctors are created equal. Pain doctors or pain specialists are doctors who have received highly specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of pain. Given the rapidly expanding technology in researching and treating the human condition, these physicians are able to keep up-to-date with the most innovative techniques and treatments available for helping patients achieve relief from their symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Pain is a biological necessity. It is the body’s way of alerting us that there is something wrong. The underlying nature of pain is very complex and is both chemical and neurological. Pain is as much a sensory experience as it is an emotional one. Pain and discomfort can be stressful and very upsetting for the individual, particularly in instances of chronic pain. In some instances, the primary source for the pain may not even be identified.
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Given the complex system of processes that underlies pain and the high degree of individual variability, it can be difficult to measure reliably. Typically, pain doctors will rely upon an individual’s unique experience of pain as a scale. The sensation of pain may continue even when the underlying problem has been treated or resolved, which can lead to suffering and a reduced quality of life.
Pain doctors are able to identify the other factors that could contribute to the patient’s pain condition, such as coping, social support, and secondary gains. This provides the pain doctor with a strong framework on which to develop an individualized treatment plan.