11 doctors weighed in:
When should a person seek a pain management specialist?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: If
Your pain is not controlled by the doctor you are seein in a manor that is satisfactory to you and you want something more or different.

In brief: If
Your pain is not controlled by the doctor you are seein in a manor that is satisfactory to you and you want something more or different.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Brian Le
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pain specialist
If your pain persists or worsens, you should seek help from a pain management specialist.

In brief: Pain specialist
If your pain persists or worsens, you should seek help from a pain management specialist.
Dr. Brian Le
Dr. Brian Le
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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sooner than later
Acute pain that is adequately managed is like likely to turn chronic.
Many primary care physicians do a fine job managing pain but if it is not well controlled then a consult is appropriate. Your doc can refer you to the right specialist to address the source of the pain if possible at first. A good comprehensive pain management specialist can also aid in the diagnostic work up.

In brief: Sooner than later
Acute pain that is adequately managed is like likely to turn chronic.
Many primary care physicians do a fine job managing pain but if it is not well controlled then a consult is appropriate. Your doc can refer you to the right specialist to address the source of the pain if possible at first. A good comprehensive pain management specialist can also aid in the diagnostic work up.
Dr. William Newton
Dr. William Newton
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Dr. Cheryl White
I am confident that Dr Newton skipped a word - should say "Acute pain that is NOT adequately managed is likely to turn chronic" - And I agree....
Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology
In brief: For persistent pain
Pain management specialists usually get involved when the cause of the pain is hard to diagnose, and/or requires specialized medication knowledge or specialized procedures.
Example - treatment of acute pain from a broken leg probably does not require a pain specialist. But a pain specialist could help diagnose and treat pain that persists after the fracture heals.

In brief: For persistent pain
Pain management specialists usually get involved when the cause of the pain is hard to diagnose, and/or requires specialized medication knowledge or specialized procedures.
Example - treatment of acute pain from a broken leg probably does not require a pain specialist. But a pain specialist could help diagnose and treat pain that persists after the fracture heals.
Dr. Julian Goldman
Dr. Julian Goldman
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Dr. Cheryl White
Pain Management
In brief: For Diagnosis &treat
Pm docs are great diagnostitions.
They can order MRI or cxray to assist, then try injections or other therapies to increase function and quality of life. If surgery is indicated they may recommend a sugical eval.

In brief: For Diagnosis &treat
Pm docs are great diagnostitions.
They can order MRI or cxray to assist, then try injections or other therapies to increase function and quality of life. If surgery is indicated they may recommend a sugical eval.
Dr. Cheryl White
Dr. Cheryl White
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