Back pain. Neck pain. Hip pain. Joint pain. Head pain. (Head pain? Okay, headaches.) Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. Something needs to be fixed. But what exactly is wrong? And who can fix it?
If you injure your foot, you go to a podiatrist. But not all physicians specialize in a part of the body. Luckily for those of you with chronic pain, there is such a thing as a pain specialist.
The treatment of pain is a medical specialty all its own. Board certification is available in “pain medicine.” The World Institute of Pain – while it may sound like the villain in a superhero comic book – is an international forum allowing pain specialists to share their knowledge and discoveries. The American Pain Society advocates for pain research and acts as a gathering point for information. Many pain physicians have devoted their careers to treating chronic pain.
Regardless of exactly where your pain resides, pain specialists probably have a treatment. Nerves can be blocked at the root. Steroids or anti-inflammatory medications can be injected. Manual massage can be used to break up scar tissue. Radiofrequency ablation can use a simple electrical current to reduce pain. And of course, medications can be prescribed. You probably don’t want to ask them to treat your spouse for being “a pain in the neck,” as that’s a different specialty altogether.
While an oncologist will fight cancer, a cancer patient may also be referred to a pain specialist to help deal with the pain resulting from the cancer or its treatment.
Sometimes a pain specialist may diagnose myofascial pain. In this case, a pain in a particular part of the body may actually be caused by an overused muscle in a completely different part of the body, called referred pain (or scary poltergeist pain).
So for those of you who don’t know where to go for treatment of pain, take a look at Pain Physicians NY. They office is conveniently located in Brooklyn, NY.
It’s hard to imagine a desire to be around people with pain all day. These professionals must truly believe in their mission. Pain specialists understand that chronic pain can have a major impact on your quality of life. They work to not only increase the functionality of your body, but also to improve your emotional well-being. Whether you have headaches, back pain, arthritis, or any other type of chronic pain, you deserve the very best treatment by the specialists in their field.