what is a pain specialist doctor ?
A pain specialist is a certified doctor with a subspecialty in pain medicine. To earn the subspecialty certification, the doctor must complete additional training and pass an exam. With every patient, a pain specialist doctor should establish these following goals:
The pain specialist doctor understands, diagnoses and treats what is causing the pain.
The pain specialist communicates and educates the patient about the different treatment options.
Level of Pain
The pain specialist doctor reduces and manages the pain level: intensity, frequency and duration.
The pain specialist educates how to self-manage the pain treatment at home.
The pain specialist improves the patient’s function and activity level.
Quality of life
The pain specialist doctor improves the patient’s quality of life.