Some so-called “pain clinics” offer only one type of treatment, such as acupuncture or manipulation, and others treat only a special type of complaint, such as headaches or back pain. Comprehensive pain management centers, on the other hand, are usually directed by a physician (often an anesthesiologist) who specializes in pain treatment with a staff of other physicians, nurses, therapists and medical professionals who are experts in the management of painful disorders. These centers generally offer a variety of treatments, and they treat all types of pain. Terms such as “pain clinic,” “pain service,” “pain unit” or “pain center” may be used in your community.
- Why are doctors who specialize in pain management often anesthesiologists?
- Is a pain management specialist appropriate for me?