- Persistent pain, including neck, back and joint pain, can have a variety of causes and treatments.
- In addition to anesthesiologists, physician specialists who address treatment of pain include neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, and rheumatologists.
Pain Medicine is the medical discipline concerned with the diagnosis andtreatment of the entire range of painful disorders. An Anesthesiologist whospecializes in Pain Medicine provides a high level of care, either as a primaryphysician or consultant, for patients experiencing problems with acute, chronicand/or cancer pain in both hospital and ambulatory settings. Due to the vastscope of the field, Pain Medicine is a multidisciplinary subspecialty and patientcare needs may be coordinated with other specialists—American Board ofMedical Specialties.