What Is a Pain Management Doctor?

When you suffer from acute or chronic pain, you already know how it can disrupt your life. Acute or chronic pain can lead to inactivity, which can lead to weight gain, which can lead to joint problems, which can lead to more pain. Your pain management doctor can help. Our Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation doctors at Missoula Bone & Joint in Missoula, MT, offer a wide range of medical services, including pain management.

What You Need To Know About Pain Management

A pain management doctor receives additional training beyond medical school to become certified to evaluate and treat pain. A pain management doctor chooses from a range of uses all of the techniques and tools available to manage and treat acute and chronic pain. Whether you are experiencing pain due to an accident, illness, medical condition, or other cause, your pain management doctor can provide relief. Your pain management doctor can treat:

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Body pain, including back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Facial pain, including temporomandibular joint pain
  • Autoimmune disease pain, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bone and joint pain, including osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease
  • Cancer pain, including the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatment

Why do you need a pain management doctor? Acute and chronic pain should not be left untreated because pain can:

  • Raise your blood pressure.
  • Increase your cardiac stress.
  • Cause depression and anxiety.

Depending on the type and severity of your pain, a pain management doctor may recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Thermal therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Opioid medications
  • Nerve blocks
  • Injections

For chronic, severe pain, your pain management doctor may recommend more profound methods of pain control, which can include:

  • Drug pumps
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Surgical treatment

Want To Know More About Pain Management?

To learn more about pain management and the services available from a pain management doctor, call Missoula Bone & Joint in Missoula, MT to schedule an appointment and learn about your treatment options You can reach them in both the Missoula and Hamilton, MT, clinics by calling (406) 721-4436.

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