Welcome to the third installment in our Why Pain Management is Important blog series. Now that you have a better understanding of chronic pain and how it’s diagnosed and a clear idea of the kind of training a board certified pain management specialist must complete, we’ll help you put together a list of questions and qualities to look for as you assemble your pain management team. Then, we’ll help you prepare for your first visit, so you can get the maximum benefit from your appointment and start feeling better.
What You Should Look for in a Pain Management Provider
If you’re thinking about trying a pain clinic, ask your doctor for a referral. If your doctor isn’t providing you with the direction or the support that you’re seeking, you may want to contact the American Board of Anesthesiology for board-certified recommendations.
Next, create a list of potential pain management specialists in your area. As your pain management doctor will be helping you coordinate your efforts with your entire pain management and health care team, it’s likely you’ll be seeing him or her regularly. We can’t stress this one enough: be sure your care team is conveniently located, so you can focus on healing, rather than driving!
Once you have a list of potential doctors in your area, take a few moments to review their online presence. Visit the clinic’s website and social media channels like Facebook to determine whether or not they represent themselves professionally, with empathy, and demonstrate a commitment to holistic pain management. Look for a pain management doctor who is committed to treating you, not your symptoms.
Then, visit their blog to see if they communicate with transparency and offer high-quality resources for potential clients. If they do, it means they truly care and are committed to helping people who suffer from chronic pain to live a full and productive life. Just as no two individuals suffer from pain in identical ways, there are many forms of pain treatment and different pain centers will offer different services. Look for a clinic that demonstrates experience with your type of pain and that offers treatment modalities ranging from hormone replacement therapy to injections to prolotherapy to neurological therapy and more.
Preparing For and Reflecting on Your First Visit
To finalize your decision, schedule an appointment to meet with your potential pain management care team. If you feel comfortable with the team that’s going to be helping you to effectively manage your pain, then you’re on the right path!