Frequently Asked Questions

What is pain management?


Pain Management is a broad term referring to the evaluation and treatment of various painful conditions.  There are several components of pain management but some pain practices focus on one or two aspects, without using all available resources for the treatment of your pain.  Make sure you are seen by a physician who utilizes all therapies for your pain control.

What is interventional pain management?

 Interventional pain management means performing injections targeting painful areas for relief.  The injections may be done once or in multiple sessions of two or three injections over the course of several weeks.  Although injections can provide relief for a long period of time, they may need to be repeated in the future.    

What is chronic pain?

 Originally, chronic pain was defined as pain lasting longer than 6 months.  More recently, chronic pain is considered any pain that persists beyond a time period that is reasonably expected for the damage or injury that has occurred.  

What training does an interventional pain physician have?

 All doctors must graduate from medical school and complete a specialty training program called residency.  A residency program can be 3 to 5 years, depending on the specialty.  An interventional pain physician completes an additional one year of rigorous training focusing on the comprehensive treatment of chronic pain.  Emphasis is placed on performing the correct injections for a patient’s specific type of pain in efficient and safe manner.  Also important in training is the management of potential side effects from the procedures.  All of the doctors at Spine Care Specialists, LLC have completed this training. Make sure your doctor is adequately trained to perform any proposed injections for the treatment of your pain.