Anesthesiologist as a pain management specialist.
As part of the training in anesthesiology, a lot of what is learned involves interventional nerve blocks and regional anesthetics. By giving local anesthetic to someone in their spinal fluid, they become completely pain free. Anesthetic is magical for someone with pain. If you’ve had a labor epidural, you can be wide awake and have some pretty traumatic things happen to your body and not feel it. Pain management is a huge part of the anesthesiology training. Pain specialists are often anesthesiologists who gravitate toward the pain management aspect.
An anesthesiologist who treats pain will treat both acute and chronic pain. A lot of the patient population includes those who suffer from chronic pain as a result of motor vehicle accidents, cancer pain, chronic back pain, and chronic osteoarthritis pain.
The definition of chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than the expected range of an injury to heal. Chronic pain can start from an accident, but it can be the result of chronic illnesses like cancer. Often times people can have chronic pain without having an identifiable cause. It’s a very subjective and emotional experience.
To visit or consult with a pain specialist, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.