Anesthesiologists frequently relieve pain for patients before, during and after surgery. However, some specialized anesthesiologists specifically treat chronic pain unrelated to surgery. These anesthesiologists have the education and training to accurately diagnose, evaluate and treat chronic pain patients through a comprehensive approach including medication and pain procedures.
The treatment of chronic pain can be complex, due to the strength of pain medication and the anatomy and delicate structure of the spine and nerves upon which chronic pain interventions are performed. Make sure a pain physician, such as an anesthesiologist, appropriately treats your pain.
Additional information on pain medicine:
Q&A: Acute Pain
Q&A: Chronic Pain
Q&A: Pain Medicine
Drug abuse information:
Prevent Drug Abuse Podcast
Safe Use and Disposal of Pain Medication