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Pain Management

 
Pain Management

Pain management specialists are doctors who specialise in the management of patients suffering from pain. These physicians are usually anaesthetists.

Pain management specialists are doctors who specialise in the management of patients suffering from pain. These physicians are usually anaesthetists.

Medical Conditions

  • Acute pain
  • Chronic pain

Specialty Areas of Interest

  • Nerve blocks
  • Epidural anaesthesia
  • Paediatric pain
  • Addiction and drug abuse
  • Toxicology

Associated Tests

Imaging, especially CT Scans or MRI.

Procedures

  • Nerve blocks
  • Analgesic infusions
  • Epidurals

What to expect

History

Management of your pain will depend on its nature, duration and likely cause. Your specialist will need to determine these factors and then get more background about your previous medical problems, medications and social history before making management decisions.

Management

Management is often accomplished with a multidisciplinary team.
Medications either orally, by transdermal patch or infusion are frequently used. A wide range of medications, often several different types, can be used.
Psychological support can also assist greatly.
Occasionally procedures like nerve blocks and epidurals are performed to ease chronic pain or assist in managing acute pain.

Training and Qualifications

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