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Acupuncturists Pain Clinics
Fore treatment-resistant depression. No local psychiatrists prescribe it, so seeking anesthesiologists or pain management physicians .
Really all types: Most pain clinics will treat pain due to many different problems...arthritis, pinched nerves, chronic back pain,etc. Generally speaking though, the source of the pain should have been evaluated and treated to the fullest extent before a pain clinic would take over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Pa's have a general training and are very adaptable. Most are used to supplement general physician practices. But some work in specialized clinics and become very knowledgeable about a specific area. For instance the main cancer center in seattle has many pas who manage cancer patients with a very high level of sophistication. ...Read more
AOA website: Here is the website for the aoa. You can use the find a do feature. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/find-a-do/pages/default.aspx. ...Read more
Not sure: There are many physicians who practice pain management. Pain "neutralization" wouldn't be exactly the same thing. All doctors, to some extent, practice pain management, since pain is a unifying symptom for a great many health concerns. We try our best to "neutralize" pain, but pain is also a valuable part of our nervous systems, and it is harmful to remove it entirely. ...Read more
Several poss. causes: Common causes of flank pain such as organ problems or disc injuries can be found by your average doc. A good osteopathic exam, however, in addition to the standard tests, might define more obscure causes. Ex: in my practice i've seen flank/back pain of 'unknown cause' lasting 10-20 years when what they have is a quadratus lumborum muscle spasm which is easily treated, if you know to look for it. ...Read more
What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?
Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Be careful: Reputable clinics should. Be very careful. There seems to be a "pain clinic" on every corner. Some clinics are nothing but pill mills managed by doctors w/ no certification in pain management. Be sure the doctor is board certified by american board of pain medicine or american board interventional pain practice. ...Read more
Yes: Nerve and other kinds of pain may benefit from acupuncture. Results can sometimes be very impressive. But this art as well as science, depending on patient characteristics, underlying problem, diagnostic skills, needle techniques. Some people do not benefit at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer