is Pain Management?
Management is a combination of clinical and basic science;
blending the tools, techniques and principles necessary
with one goal in mind
the reduction of pain and
What is Pain Medicine?
specialty of pain medicine is concerned with the prevention,
evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of painful disorders.
Is Pain Medicine considered a specialty?
American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes pain medicine
as a specialty.
Is a Pain Management specialist a physician?
management specialist is a physician. After the physician
completes his/her training to become a doctor, they chose
to continue their education in the specialty of anesthesia
and become an Anesthesiologist. At this point, the Anesthesiologist
chooses to either continue with the specialty of anesthesia
or to further their education and specialize in the field
of pain management.
When is there a need to see a pain specialist?
expertise of a pain specialist is sought after all other
treatment has failed. A primary care physician or another
specialty physician usually refers the patient.
What does a pain specialist do that a primary care physician
services of a pain specialist are sought after all treatment
prescribed by a primary care physician or other specialist
has been exhausted. The pain specialist serves as a consultant
to other physicians on the intricacies of helping patients
in pain. The pain specialist usually becomes the principal
treating physician and may provide care at various levels.
What types of care does the pain specialist provide?
pain relieving procedures
patients and families
a multidisciplinary team (i.e. psychology, physical therapy,
occupational therapy, pain management, etc
consultative services to public and private agencies.
What is acute pain?
pain is the discomfort that alerts the individual that something
is wrong with their body. Acute pain generally resolves
as the underlying problem heals or is treated medically.
causes of acute pain are:
to skin, tendons, ligaments, muscles, bone nerves
What is chronic pain?
pain results when pain does not resolve after initial medical
treatment. It is prolonged pain generally lasting more than
six (6) weeks. Chronic pain usually causes dramatic changes
in a person's ability to function, stay productive and lead
a normal life. Timely visits to CPM for early treatment
may often reduce or cure chronic pain.
Is Chronic Pain a common problem?
to the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), over 75
million Americans live with serious pain. 50 million suffer
from chronic pain and each year another 25 million experience
acute pain as a result of injuries or surgeries. 45% of
all Americans seek care for persistent pain at some point
in their lives.
How can pain be effectively treated?
can be effectively treated with early intervention and if
treated by a pain specialist.
have a specific question regarding pain management or pain
medicine CPM would appreciate hearing from you. Please feel
free to contact CPM's Medical Director, Firdaus Hashim,
M.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org.