WHEN TO SEE A PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

You’ve probably heard of Pain Management Specialists.  You probably even know someone who has been helped by them. But that doesn’t help if you’re experiencing intolerable pain. The question that you (and many other patients) may have is…

“When should I see a pain management specialist?”

You Should See a Pain Management Specialist If Your Pain is Not Responding to Conservative Treatment

Sometimes traditional treatment isn’t enough and a specialist is needed. Some treatments that you may have tried (but haven’t worked) are:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medications
  • Activity modification

A specialist can determine why these treatments haven’t worked and the underlying cause of your pain. Once they do, an effective treatment plan can be put into place.

You Should See a Pain Management Specialist If the Physician You’re Currently Seeing Doesn’t Know What’s Causing Your Pain

Pain Management Specialists see patients across a variety of medical disciplines. The most common are:

  • Neurology
  • Rheumatology
  • Oncology
  • Internal medicine

For numerous reasons, the treating physician might not be able to identify the cause of pain and a referral to a Pain Management Specialist is necessary.

You Should See a Pain Management Specialist If You’re Experiencing Chronic Pain for No Reason

Nervous system abnormalities can cause chronic pain that’s not associated with an accident, injury, or medical conditions. In these situations, we can offer solutions that other specialties can not. Because these physicians have been trained to understand a wide variety pain conditions, they can recognize them and create effective treatment plans.


At Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates, our Interventional Pain Management Team is led by Dr. Brett Teran, a Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist.  Our team also consists of Physical Therapists and Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons, all of whom collaborate to create a unique treatment plan based on your unique condition, lifestyle and goals.  We have offices in Duxbury and Sandwich so if you, or someone you love, is suffering from chronic pain – contact us today!