Pain Doctor Q&A

Pain Doctor Q&A

Our pain doctors provide comprehensive pain relief treatments for long-term pain conditions such as back pain, spine pain, joint pain, or degenerative disc pain. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL to serve you.

Pain Doctor Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL
Pain Doctor Near Me in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL

Table of Contents:

When should you see a doctor for pain?
What Should I Ask my Pain Doctor?
What is the process of pain management?

A pain doctor is a medical specialist that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, both acute and chronic. Most doctors who specialize in pain medicine are board-certified in pain medicine and come from a variety of backgrounds, such as anesthesiology, interventional pain medicine, or osteopathic medicine. They often work in pain management clinics and are commonly called on to manage pain that cannot be controlled by other means. Most pain doctors also have an extensive background in anesthesia, which helps them to better understand the pain and its causes.

When should you see a doctor for pain?

Fortunately, when a person experiences pain, it is often fleeting and does not cause major discomfort; these situations can be handled at home with remedies such as RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, certain signs are indicative of a serious situation and should always be addressed by a pain management specialist as soon as possible, including:

• Severe pain
• Pain that lasts longer than two weeks
• Significant or sudden swelling
• Pain that interferes with everyday functioning
• Pain that disrupts sleep
• Pain that is accompanied by the symptoms of infection, such as swelling, redness, sensitivity to touch, fever, excessive sweating, and skin discolorations
• The painful area looks deformed
• Pain limits range of motion and mobility

What Should I Ask my Pain Doctor?

The questions you should ask a pain management doctor depend on the type of pain you are experiencing, as well as other factors specific to your situation, such as how long the pain has been present, the areas affected by the pain, if it limits your ability to perform normal activities, and if it causes problems in any area of life, such as sleep or intimacy. Your questions should always pertain to your situation, and may include any of the following:

• What kind of training do you have?
• Are you board-certified?
• What types of tests will be ordered?
• What are the treatment options?
• Are their treatment options besides medications?
• Can you do image-guided procedures?
• Will other health specialists be consulted?
• If the recommended treatment does not work, what are the next steps?
• What self-care options can I do?
• What supplements to take for spine health?

The interview process is two-way; the pain management doctor will also ask you questions to better understand your pain and your overall situation. These may include:

• Can you describe your pain in detail?
• What makes it feel worse or better?
• When did the pain start? Did it occur after an accident/injury?
• What treatments have you already tried?
• Can you rate your pain? (on a scale of 1-10)
• Are you able to continue working?
• Does your pain cause anxiety or distress?
• Does your pain interfere with normal activities?
• Do you have any diagnosed medical diseases?

What is the process of pain management?

The process of pain management is different in every situation as it uses an individualized approach to account for the unique factors that affect each patient. In general, the process may include:

• A physical evaluation
• Review of medical history
• Assessment of pain
• Diagnostic or imaging tests

The individualized approach used in pain management addressed the patient’s physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and social health; all of these factors play a fundamental role in pain and must be taken into consideration to achieve the best health outcomes.

If you are looking for a qualified pain doctor to help you get your pain under control, come to Ramos Center today. We have Florida locations to better serve you: Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL and St. Petersburg, FL. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Palmetto FL, Laurel FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Cortez FL, Memphis FL, Port Charlotte FL, and Dunedin FL.

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Bradenton

  • 100 3rd Ave. West Suite 210 Bradenton, FL 34205
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Petersburg

  • 5959 Central Ave Suite 101, St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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Sarasota

Sarasota

Venice

  • 1370 East Venice Ave. Suite 104 Venice, FL 34285
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Englewood

  • 2061 Englewood Rd, Suite 2A, Englewood, FL 34223
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Port Charlotte

Dunedin

  • 646 Virginia St, Suite 701, Dunedin, FL 34698
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