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What is a pain management specialist?

A pain management specialist is a doctor who has completed training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain, including acute pain, chronic pain, pain due to injury or surgery, pain related to cancer or other diseases and pain without any obvious cause.

Pain management specialists can treat your pain directly by prescribing medication and possibly performing pain-relieving procedures. They may also coordinate your rehabilitative care. In some cases, pain management specialists may oversee and direct an interactive, multidisciplinary team of experts who are skilled and trained to help people suffering from pain. These medical experts may include psychologists, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, nutritionists and social workers. A person's loved ones, including family friends, may also be brought onto the interdisciplinary pain management "team" to help the person manage pain while living as normal a life as possible every day.

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