Pain Management

What Is Pain Management?

A pain management specialist is a physician with special medical training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain. Pain is a wide spectrum of disorders including acute pain, and chronic pain, and sometimes a combination of these. Pain management helps a patient alleviate or manage their chronic pain without surgery, using specialized interventional techniques.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PM&R, offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program specifically designed for each individual depending on the injury, disorder, or illness. The goal of rehabilitation and treatment is to restore impaired individuals to healthy, independent lives. It is a holistic approach with the patient’s needs at the center of the treatment plan. PM&R physicians manage nonsurgical conditions including orthopedic injuries, spine-related pain and dysfunction, occupational injuries and overuse syndromes, neurogenic bowel/bladder, pressure sore management, spasticity management, and chronic pain.

Dr. Kegan Cunniff, MD and Dr. Lindsey Beck, DO, work closely with a team of professional staff who have special expertise in treating all age groups for the following conditions including, but not limited to:

  • amputee training
  • cancer
  • cognitive and communication disorders
  • electromyography
  • ergonomics
  • lymphedema
  • musculoskeletal
  • neuromuscular
  • vestibular
  • wound care
  • wheelchair seating and positioning

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team works closely with other specialties when needed, including:

  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Rehabilitation Services - Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy
  • Other specialties when appropriate

What is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PM&R?

source: https://www.aapmr.org/about-physiatry/about-physical-medicine-rehabilitation

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also known as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. A physician having completed training in this field is referred to as a physiatrist. Unlike other medical specialties that focus on a medical “cure,” the goals of the physiatrist are to maximize patients’ independence in activities of daily living and improve quality of life. Physiatrists are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans, and are integral members of the care team. They utilize cutting-edge as well as time-tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life for their patients.

Meet Your Pain Management Doctor in Missoula, MT

At Missoula Bone & Joint, our providers are here for you every step of the way. We believe in comprehensive orthopedic care, and we will go above and beyond to ensure that all your needs are addressed. For an appointment, call (406) 721-4436 today or request one online.

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