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What Is Pain Management?

Dr. MohandesPain management is the medical specialty born out of the need for treating all types of pain, including musculoskeletal, spinal and neuropathic pain disorders. With an accurate diagnosis and early intervention, we hope to help patients avoid spiraling into a state of chronic pain, or at least reduce the severity of pain, and improve patients’ quality of life. Minimally invasive procedures and proper use of medications are implemented to achieve those goals.

Pain management effectively helps thousands of people each year and is an area of concentration that primary care physicians, orthopedists, neurologists and other healthcare providers increasingly rely on for their patients.

What is a Pain Management Physician?

Our physicians specialize in treating your pain and in order to do so they are trained in either physiatry or anesthesiology and have subspecialty training in pain management.

Physiatrists, also called physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move.

Anesthesiologists are trained to help alleviate chronic pain through a range of interventional and minimally invasive procedures.

In addition to a degree, many of our physicians have completed a fellowship or specialized training in pain management. This instruction gives physicians an in-depth knowledge of the physiology of pain and its proper diagnosis through specialized tests. It also enables pain specialists to implement highly specific treatment options that may include minimally invasive procedures and medication management strategies to ease the symptoms.

This unique and focused combination of skills permits our experts to treat you, through a comprehensive non-surgical treatment plan that reduces or helps manage your pain and improves your quality of life.

What is the Difference Between an MD & DO?

To become a pain medicine provider, our physicians have graduated to become either a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The medical training for MD’s and DO’s is very similar, they both complete conventional residencies, are licensed in all states and have the same rights and responsibilities. The distinguishing factor between these two accreditations is that doctors of osteopathic medicine study the body as an integrated whole as opposed to symptom-oriented treatment.

Our Physicians

At National Spine & Pain Centers and our affiliate practices, you’ll find visionary healthcare leaders who are focused on excellent patient-centric care. We pride ourselves on our experts, some of whom have been trained at the nation’s most prestigious medical centers in the country from Harvard Medical School, to John Hopkins and the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. GordonOur physicians serve as leaders in developing best practices and establishing new procedures. Some examples of cutting edge and innovative pain management procedures include:

  • Spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulation
  • X-ray guided spinal and joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation and treatment of various nerves
  • MRI-friendly device implantations
  • Regenerative Therapies

Our physicians are educators themselves; collectively they have authored several publications and are constantly publishing articles in newspapers, magazines and medical journals. They diligently promote the study of pain management in the community, lecturing both nationally and internationally.

Highly skilled in their craft, these specialized physicians have received an array of awards scaling from Patients’ Choice Award, Washingtonian Top Doctors to New York Best Doctors in New York Magazine and Top Doctors in the US News & World Report. In hopes to educate and promote the pain management specialty, our physicians have been featured as experts on public newscast stations such the FOX NEWS CHANNEL, ABC, NBC and NPR.

Our Approach

Successfully treating pain requires skill, patience, empathy and staying current within our field. Everyone on our integrated team – doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and medical assistants – is committed to a personalized approach to treating an array of conditions and comprehensive treatment plans to improve your quality of life.

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