What problems do pain specialists treat?

Pain medicine doctors, often anesthesiologists who are highly trained pain medicine specialists, are experts at diagnosing why you are having pain as well as treating the pain itself. Some of the more common pain problems they manage include: arthritis, back and neck pain, muscular pain, cancer pain, nerve pain, migraine headaches, shingles, phantom limb pain for amputees and pain caused by acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

They also manage acute pain caused by surgery, a debilitating illness or a serious injury. Examples include: pain after a knee-joint replacement, pain during recovery from a car accident, pain following stomach or chest surgery, or pain associated with sickle cell disease. You may be treated in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic. 

A pain management specialist treats chronic forms of musculoskeletal pain, including arthtritis and lower back pain. In this video, Devi Nampiaparampil, MD, chief of pain management at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the specialty.

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