What is chronic pain?
Pain that won’t go away is more than frustrating. It can be harmful to your health. It can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, eating right and exercising. It can make you grumpy, interfere with your work and keep you from spending quality time with your friends and family.
Chronic pain is defined as consistent pain in one or more parts of your body that lasts for 3 months or longer. It’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and a never-ending regimen of pain medication is likely not the answer. What’s more, some medications can lead to other problems, like addiction. Even over-the-counter medications can have debilitating long-term side effects.
What is a pain medicine specialist?
Just as there are doctors who specialize in treating conditions such as cancer, heart disease or allergies, there are specialists in treating pain. While many doctors are trained to treat pain, anesthesiologists, specifically those board certified or dual boarded in pain management, are ideally suited for this kind of practice, because they have experience managing pain that results from surgery, injury and other health conditions.
A pain management specialist has many different treatment options and will recommend the most appropriate therapies for your unique condition.
Centers dedicated to treating chronic pain
Our Pain Management Center network was the first—and today is the largest—of its kind in Connecticut. Unlike other pain specialists, we offer a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with chronic pain. Our team of board-certified anesthesiologists are subspecialty-trained in pain management. We draw from a wealth of knowledge gained from over 30 years of evidence-based practice.
The Pain Management Center emphasizes a consultative approach. Our doctors offer a wide range of individualized treatment modalities and state-of-the-art techniques tailored to each patient’s specific needs. We work strictly in conjunction with your referring or primary physician. Upon your referral, our staff will request medical information and pertinent laboratory and imaging studies prior to your initial appointment.