Many doctors specialize in different fields, conditions, and treatments. You want to make sure you have the right doctor with the right experience to treat your condition. In this article, we are going to talk specifically about why you should see a pain management specialist rather than your primary care physician for your pain.
The Role of a Primary Care Physician
A primary care doctor is your regular doctor that you see for routine physicals or check up appointments. Primary care physicians are versed in a wide array of conditions, and are trained to recognize many conditions but may not have the special training to treat every condition (think of it as breadth vs. depth). If your primary care doctor recognizes a complex pain condition or injury in you, they will likely refer you out to a specialized pain management doctor for treatment.
Pain Management Doctors
For many complex pain conditions and injuries, you want to consult with a specialized pain management physician. Pain management doctors are specifically trained to treat pain conditions and reduce a patient’s pain, using any of the following techniques:
- Pain injections (nerve blocks, cortisone injections, etc.)
- Prescribing pain medications
- Spinal stimulation
- Regenerative medicine techniques like PRP therapy.
A pain doctor will work with your primary care provider (and any other medical professionals you may have seen) to craft the best possible care strategy for your situation.
Struggling with chronic pain day in and day out is no way to live life. If your pain is getting in the way of your daily activities, take the time to set up an appointment with a pain doctor. The physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota have over 20 years of experience treating patients throughout the state of Minnesota for all types of painful conditions. Contact us today to set up your appointment and start reducing your pain.