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Over 60% Americans have to suffer through chronic pain at some point in their lives. This means that there is a great market for pain management specialists. This also means that there are a lot of pain specialists and choosing one can be somewhat overwhelming. A simple look in the Yellow Pages will yield seemingly countless doctors who specialize in the treatment of pain. A pain management doctor can be a neurologist, anesthesiologist, physiatrist, orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. Each type of doctor deals with different types of pain management. This is why it's important to choose the one that is right for you and suits your specific needs the best.
The first thing you'll want to do when choosing a doctor to treat your pain is to go in and have a sit-down preliminary talk with them. Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask. You will not only get a feel for the doctor by how their office is presented, but will also be able to talk face-to-face. Some things to consider when talking to a potential doctor are that they should be a great listener. If they are doing most of the talking and not allowing you to get a word in, you may want to consider someone else. Is their office clean, presentable and professional? The way they maintain their office/work space will be a good indication of how good of a doctor they are. Do they seem knowledgable about pain and how to treat it? What options have they presented for treating your pain? Do they give you a list of options and allow you to choose one of those? What do other patients think of this doctor? Get on a medical forum and find out. You can also check out some Internet sites that rate businesses and allow past customers to leave comments on their experience.
Whenever you seek out a pain management doctor it is also a good idea to inform your primary care physician that you are doing so. This is largely because the two doctors should be working together to figure out a way to best help you. Think about it. Your primary doctor knows you very well and knows your past medical history. Your pain management doctor is somebody you likely just met. It's not that they aren't a capable and good doctor, it's just that they don't know anything about you other than what you tell them and what your medical record tells them.