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What is pain management?

Pain management utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to easing suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with chronic pain. The typical pain management team includes medical practitioners, mental health professionals, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and nurse practitioners.  Pain sometimes resolves promptly once the underlying trauma or pathology has healed, and is treated with [...]

What are the categories of pain?

Somatic pain Somatic pain is described as squeezing and sharp or dull and aching, and is readily located by the patient. Visceral pain Visceral pain is characterized as a deep, pressure-type sensation that is poorly localized; it may be diffuse and/or squeezing. Neuropathic pain Neuropathic pain is described as a severe, burning, vise-like grip, [...]

When should a patient seek a pain specialist?

Pain specialist referral should be considered when: The treating physician cannot effectively control the patient’s pain due to injury or illness. The patient requires medication the treating physician is not comfortable prescribing. The patient develops a severe pain syndrome that is not responding to conventional treatment. A specialist in the following approaches is needed: [...]

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