Good pain management docs seek to find, treat root causes
Q: What’s the most important thing to consider if you suffer from chronic pain and need professional help?
A: To get the best possible care, your physician should always have privileges at known reputable hospitals around your metro area.
Q: What else should be considered?
A: Does your doctor use treatment based primarily on medication, surgical options or noninvasive procedures? You should aim to find a doctor who uses a combination of all three treatment methods to ensure your pain is treated properly. You should avoid any doctor who wants to just focus on one form of treatment and expect to resolve your pain. A good pain management doctor will never just use medication to mask your pain, but will strive to find and treat the root cause of the issue.
Q: How can pain doctors determine underlying causes of pain?
A: Pain can come from muscular, skeletal, neurological and other sources. You should search for a doctor who utilizes medical imaging, such as X-ray, CT or MRI scan images to get the best understanding of what is causing you pain. Only with that understanding can your doctor make an effective and appropriate treatment plan.
PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER