National Medical Society Advises How to Choose a Pain Specialist

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From: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, 81 Lakeview Drive, Paducah, KY 42001, http://www.asipp.org

Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for preventing acute pain from becoming chronic pain, and from the affected areas losing functionality

If you or a loved one are among the millions of American adults suffering from chronic pain, you are probably leery about the prospect of seeing yet another doctor even though your pain and suffering persists. Patients who suffer pain will frequently visit their primary care doctors and orthopedic doctors in search of an answer. Unfortunately, most pain is not secondary to a disease or surgically correctable. Also, usually medications do not provide complete relief and most have side effects and possible complications.

“Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for preventing acute pain from becoming chronic pain, and from the affected areas losing functionality,” says Dr. David Kloth, national spokesman, board member and past president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), which represents over 4,000 board-certified interventional pain specialists.

Interventional Pain Management (IPM) professionals diagnose and treat pain related disorders. They utilize a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of healthcare professionals work together to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain.

As part of September’s National Pain Awareness Month, ASIPP is using this opportunity to educate the public on how to find the right pain specialist based on the following criteria:

  •     Experience—how long has the doctor been practicing Interventional Pain Management.
  •     Part-timer or full-timer—ideally your doctor practices pain management or IPM full-time.
  •     Training—where did the doctor do his/her residency? What was their specialty? Did they do a fellowship in pain management?
  •     Certification—does the doctor hold a certificate in pain management from any board? You can go online at the American Board of Medical Specialties (http://www.abms.org) and see whether your doctor is ABMS certified, and whether they hold a specialty certificate in pain management from an ABMS member board. If you want to confirm that your doctor has a higher level of credentialing you can check to see if they are certified by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians (ABIPP); you can do that at http://www.abipp.org.
  •     Credentialing—does your doctor have credentials at a local hospital or surgery center to practice Interventional Pain Management?    
  •     Society Membership—one of the ways doctors stay current in their practice is to attend meetings where they can learn and network with other doctors in their specialty.
  •     Peer recommendation—your personal physicians may be able to give you a referral to a physician who specializes in pain management.

To find a qualified pain management physician in your area go to http://www.asippmembersite.org/Search/Search.php.

About The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
ASIPP’s mission statement is to promote the development and practice of safe, high quality, cost-effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders, and to ensure patient access to these interventions. Founded in 1998 by Chairman of the Board and CEO Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, ASIPP is a rapidly growing not-for-profit organization that supports the needs of physicians who practice Interventional Pain Management across the country.

Since its inception, the organization has had substantial impact on the practice of interventional pain medicine, resulting in an impressive list of major achievements. In 2005, ASIPP succeeded in passing The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act (NASPER), which provides and improves patient access to quality care, and protects patients and physicians from the deleterious effects of controlled substance misuse, abuse and trafficking. ASIPP is headquartered in Paducah, KY and currently has 4,500 members. For more information, visit http://www.asipp.org or call 270.554.9412. Ext. 215.

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