How To Find Pain Management Doctors Near You

//How To Find Pain Management Doctors Near You

How To Find Pain Management Doctors Near You

Finding pain management doctors near you can be an exhausting task. From recommendations from friends to reviews online, there are so many options for finding one. But, once you’ve found a few you like, how can you narrow down the results to find the one that best suits you? More important, how can you find a doctor that can help you relieve your chronic pain? (And, as we’ll discuss later, how can you make sure you’re the best advocate for your pain as well?)

What do pain management doctors do? 

As TreatingPain.com explains, the pain management doctor specialty was:

“[B]orn out of the need for treating all types of pain, including musculoskeletal, spinal and neuropathic pain disorders. With an accurate diagnosis and early intervention, we hope to help patients avoid spiraling into a state of chronic pain, or at least reduce the severity of pain, and improve patients’ quality of life. Minimally invasive procedures and proper use of medications are implemented to achieve those goals.”

Finding the right primary care doctor can already seem like a chore. Finding one that also specializes in chronic pain management? That can be even more difficult. And what should you look for when you do find options? According to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine:

“The most important consideration in looking for a pain management specialist is to find someone who has the training and experience to help you with your particular pain problem and with whom you feel a comfortable rapport. Since many types of chronic pain may require a complex treatment plan as well as specialized interventional techniques, pain specialists today must have more training than in the past, and you should learn about how your pain physician was trained and whether he or she has board certification in pain management.”

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Why should I visit a pain management clinic? 

Pain management clinics offer patients more options than a primary care doctor when it comes to comprehensive and interventional pain management. As WebMD explains:

“Although pain clinics differ in their focus and offerings, most involve a team of health care providers that can help you with a variety of strategies to manage your pain. These health care providers are likely to include doctors of different specialties as well as non-physician providers specializing in the diagnosis and management of chronic pain. These providers may include psychologists, physical therapists, and complementary and alternative therapists such as acupuncturists or massage therapists. Together, they will put together a pain management plan for you.”

The National Arthritis Foundation also explains that pain management clinics can connect you with a variety of services in the community, including:

  • Biofeedback specialists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Physical therapists
  • Massage therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Vocational rehabilitation experts

Everyday Health also lists some of the healthcare professionals you’ll find at a pain clinic. Spine-Health.com also discusses the types of conditions best served at pain clinics. Once you’ve decided that a pain management clinic is right for you, there are a few steps you can take to get started on finding the best pain management doctors near you.

1. Talk to your insurance

Your insurance company may have different requirements for finding a doctor in your network. They may require a recommendation from your primary care doctor. Or, they could have a list of out of network and in network providers where you can start your search. Starting here — on the phone with an insurance consultant — is often your best bet for reducing a headache at the end of your search.

2. Ask your primary care doctor

Your primary care doctor likely already knows some of the symptoms and problems you’re experiencing. Talk to them to get more information about what could be causing your pain. If they think it’s appropriate, ask them to recommend pain management doctors you could try in your area. They can also steer you towards great pain management doctors or pain management clinics they’ve worked with in the past.

3. Talk to friends and family 

Another important step may be talking to friends and family. Personal opinions are invaluable when finding the best pain management doctors near you. While online reviews or insurance company recommendations may be skewed, your friends or family have your best interests at heart. They can also be more telling when it comes to things like office environment and service, the pain management clinic cleanliness, and how quickly appointments can be scheduled.

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4. Use a search tool online

Once you’ve exhausted all other options, it’s time to do your own research. You can find a great list of potential pain management doctors from the following sources:

The majority of these sites will list data from patients like you. This information may include:

  • Reviews from current and former patients
  • Qualifications
  • Certifications
  • Disciplinary actions taken against them
  • Professional memberships or affiliations
  • Contact information for their pain management clinic

5. Contact the pain management doctor or clinic

Once you’ve found a pain management clinic you like, you can ask questions to make sure they’re the right fit for you. The Arthritis Foundation also offers some sample questions you can ask, such as:

  • What treatments do you offer?
  • How are your pain management doctors trained?
  • How do you treat my condition?

Deciding on a pain management doctor is a big decision. You want a clinic that is prompt with answering questions and giving information or patient referrals when requested. If your call goes well, consider scheduling an appointment with a doctor to learn more about what they do and how they can help you.

However, once you’ve found a pain management doctor that works for you, you’re also responsible for being your own patient advocate. How can you be the best advocate for yourself? Let’s take a look at five ways you can adopt a hands-on approach to your pain management.

6. Be the CEO of your health

Pain management can feel like a full-time job. Tracking medicines and doctors’ appointments, researching new therapies to replace those that aren’t working, and all the other tasks associated with having a chronic medical condition can easily consume most of your time.

You never asked for this job, and you probably wish you could quit. However, mastering the art of pain management is the best way to live your fullest life while feeling as good as possible. This title doesn’t necessarily come with a corner office, but it’s helpful to think of yourself as CEO of your health. You’re the boss when it comes to the medicines you take, the food you eat, and the lifestyle you live.

No matter how amazing your pain management doctor is, he or she unfortunately can’t follow you home and make sure you stick to the advice. This is where you not only have to be a good boss, but also a good employee. The boss version of you will likely set lofty pain management goals like eating healthy, exercising, and researching new potential treatments. Then when it comes time for your employee self to follow out the orders, some resistance might ensue.

That’s when the CEO comes in—that’s you—to remind yourself why this is important.

7. Stay informed

It’s up to you to understand your condition and arrive at your pain management doctor appointments with questions in mind. Yes, doctors are the medical professionals and can help you feel better, but you know your own body the best, and you have the most at stake. Developing basic medical knowledge will also help you better understand your doctor.

Nothing can replace an informed patient, and the more informed you are, the more likely you are to enjoy positive outcomes.

There’s a lot of medical information out there, and unfortunately it can be difficult to understand. The best way to stay informed about your specific condition is to find an authoritative publication or website and read up, while continuing to check back every so often to track new developments.

Resources include this blog, as well as websites like Arthritis Today and Pain Pathways. If you like science, consider checking Science Daily’s health and medicine news page. The website posts the latest research from universities around the world, and it’s written in a press release format, making it relatively easy to understand. Other reputable sources include WebMD, Harvard Health, and Mayo Clinic.

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8. Come to appointments prepared

Make the most out of visits to your pain management doctor by preparing beforehand.

First, it helps to make a list of concerns you may have. This way, when you have the doctor’s ear, you’ll remember to ask about that sharp pain that’s new and seems to be unusual, for example, or any other concerns you may have. If something worries you, ask about it. It’s better to ask when you’re in the doctor’s office rather than start worrying once your return home.

Second, have a list of any questions that have arisen since your last appointment. Feel free to ask for your pain doctor’s opinion on new research that affects your condition. You might gain good insight on an emerging treatment therapy or learn about things you should or shouldn’t do that will impact pain levels.

If during conversations with your doctor, you don’t understand something, be sure to ask for clarification until the point becomes clear. Remember, you’re the CEO and need good information to move forward.

Third, consider asking a relative or caregiver to join you for the appointment. It can be helpful to have a second ear because it’s hard to remember everything doctors say during appointments. You might also consider taking notes to help when memory fails. It may be helpful to keep the notes, questions, and research of interest in one place that’s easily accessible at home.

9. Practice good doctor communication

Doctors can’t feel inside your body, so it’s important to be honest when they ask how much something hurts. If you brush something off, saying it doesn’t worry you when in reality it does, your doctor won’t be able to tell the true depths of your concern and could also brush it off.

Alternatively, it’s important to be your own pain management advocate. If a pain management doctor tells you to wait on something that you feel is serious, pursue additional testing, even seeking a second opinion if necessary.

Honesty about lifestyle choices is also critical, including the types of food you eat and divulging whether you smoke or drink. It’s important to have a doctor you feel comfortable talking with.

Spilling the contents of your pantry isn’t about feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Doctors need to have all the information available so they can make the best decisions about your treatment. Omitted information can have serious health impacts. Some types of medications, for example, may be contraindicated for smokers. No matter what the truth, your doctor can handle it and your health will experience the benefit of honesty.

Another thing to mention at doctor’s appointments is if you are having problems with accessing care. Are you having trouble affording medications or experiencing another barrier making life more difficult? Your doctor or the staff may be able to point you in the direction of an advocacy group or other resource to help.

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10. Find helpful pain management tools

While it can be difficult to remember the timing of medications, or to push yourself to exercise, help is available.

Try downloading an app that reminds you to take medications, for example. MedCoach is one option for iPhone users. Special features include the ability to connect with your pharmacy to request refills. MediSafe is available for Android users and offers many of the same features.

For help improving your diet or adopting an exercise regimen, check out MyFitnessPal. The app allows you to track meals and activity levels.

Pulling it all together

Pain management comes down to finding the best pain management doctors for you, AND being the best patient advocate you can be for yourself. Both of these combined can help you reduce your pain levels and achieve a better quality of life. It’s not easy, but the first step starts now. Follow the steps above to find pain management doctors near you, or click the button below to look through the list of PainDoctor.com certified pain specialists.

 

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By | 2016-11-30T15:35:09+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Tags: |35 Comments

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35 Comments

  1. lisa September 13, 2017 at 7:41 am - Reply

    My dr. can no longer prescribe My medicación . ha ve broken bones osteoporosis bbuldging disks with out my med. pain levels raise my blood pressure terribly have a severe ally list
    screws and plate in collar bone
    can you help?
    cant get anymore injecttions fue to yes issues and bone problems

  2. Renee Sotelo October 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    I am trying to find a chronic pain mngt Dr in the northern NJ area. My husband has been through multiple surgeries, rehabilitation centers, physical therapy, etc. After 12 years of this we have a system that he can live with. But I cannot seem to find a Dr who will just continue his current pain medication regimen. Where can I find one. Please help!

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor October 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Renee — We are so sorry about the challenges you’ve had. We don’t work directly with any specialists in that area. You could also contact one of the nearest listed docs in our map search and contact them for recommendations near you. Hope that helps!

  3. travis October 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    iv ben through alot but about 2 years ago i started geting neuropathy in my feet and legs i could barly walk thin i got my intestin liver and pancreas transplant and thats doing alot better but the neuropathy is still bad thay had me on dilladid after sergary i that helped my legs but now my gastroenterologist doctor is wanting me to stop takeing them but when i do my legs and feet start hurting so bad i cant walk can a pain specialist help me

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      Pain Doctor October 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Travis — We absolutely recommend reaching out to a pain specialist since you’re having more advanced pain symptoms.

  4. Sara hudson November 22, 2017 at 1:46 am - Reply

    I have lupus ra and chronic migraines my doctors want me to find a pain management doctor in my area I’m willing to go around 75 miles for my appointments I live in opp Alabama

  5. Denise November 25, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I have rsd disease I can’t walk on one legs use knee scooter get around in so much pain having trouble find doctor who help pain gets so bad pain never lets up

  6. Debbie January 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a Dr .I did find one but it almost in Mississippi.and that is to far .

  7. Lana Bogart January 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I have to change doctors because of insurance change. I’m 69, have had migraines since childhood, now suffer from severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, stenosis, bulging discs, sciatica and neuropathy. After years of trying all sorts of procedures my primary care physician has put me on oxycodone and fentanyl patch and it has given me a new lease on life. I also have Hepatitis C so am limited to what medications I can take. If I stop my meds my blood pressure skyrocket. I’m looking for another doctor but I’m terrified of stopping my meds suddenly which will happen if I run out. I’ve had to do that several times and the last time almost killed me. I hope to find someone but they refuse to discuss meds on the phone. All I want to know is if they can prescribe if I need it but people get very hostile on the phone and accuse me of trying to sell drugs or get high when all I’m looking for is some quality of life.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor January 29, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Hi Lana — We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve been facing. Unfortunately we can’t answer directly recommend docs online without knowing more about your condition. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you.

  8. Thaddeus Seals January 25, 2018 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I am having a difficult time finding a primary physician as well as a pain management specialist to help me with chronic pain. I have a rare disorder, (Hydradinitis Supperiva). Can you recommend someone please?

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor January 29, 2018 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Hi there — Unfortunately we can’t answer directly recommend docs online without knowing more about your condition. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you.

  9. Nicole January 30, 2018 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I was born with ktw syndrome at birth. Have had 5 surgeries and also have scoliosis die to leg length descrepiency. Having a hard time finding a pain mgt Dr near me. My current Dr I have been seeing for this problem over the past 5 years has really gone downhill. There is no quality of care and the staff are very rude

  10. John D Schoellman January 31, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I am seeing a pain doctor in Texas. I have 9 bulging and collapsed/leaking disc. I have had a fusion in my lower back and 2 in my neck. My insurance referred me to the Mayo clinic over 1000 miles away. I went and the neurosurgeon at the Mayo clinic saw me, he had a group of doctors look at my records, MRI and cat scans and said I need to see another pain Doctor because I was being under-treated. After 25 years of taking Hydrocodone as prescribed my PMD changed me to 3 a day Tylenol#4. I took the referral that I got from the Mayo clinic to a PMD locally and dropped all the paperwork off with MRI readings. I get a call 2 days later and was told he can’t see me. I started calling other PMD office and they all are saying they are not taking Pain Patients that require medication. I haven’t went back to my PMD yet and let him know what the Mayo clinic said and afraid if I do he may get mad at me and abandon me as a patient. What can I do at this point besides suffering in treatable pain? I’m so depressed just thinking this is how I’m going to suffer the rest of my life and I’m only 57 years old.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor February 5, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Hi John — All doctors know sometimes you need a second opinion. Talk openly with your PMD about the findings from Mayo and for information about more help they can provide.

  11. Matthew Buoscio February 23, 2018 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all of this wonderful information. I think I will call my pcp tomorrow. I truly hope they can work with me. I have dealt with this pain for too long and I’m sick of trying to be strong all of the time.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor February 26, 2018 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words Matthew. Wishing you luck and much healing on your journey to finding a pain specialist.

  12. Rhonda Croskey March 14, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

    It says schedule your appointment but it does not have and option for Florida why?? I need a doctor who will listen to me and help me come to a decision about what could be done about my situation because its getting worse. Please help me!!

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor March 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Rhonda — we are so sorry about this. For right now, we have a limited geographic range where we can match patients to doctors, because we can’t certify standards for other state’s clinics. We encourage you to use the tips in this post (other review sites, for example) to find one near you.

  13. Nancy Burks March 19, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’m looking for a pain doctor can’t have any blocks done because of a left total knee that is infected looking for a doctor in Birmingham Alabama

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor March 19, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Nancy — We encourage you to use the tips here to find one.

  14. Cathy Blackburn April 8, 2018 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Hello To Whom It May Concern, I’m currently going to my PCP and I Have had Big Trouble with my blood test and blood pressure now I’m 58 yrs old. I’ve had 5 foot surgeries and then a C 4 & 5 dislocated disks and degenerative disks spinal stenosis and it was pressing on my nerve I had no use of my right arm.My blood pressure was so high from the pain, my neck and foot still hurts today. But actually why I’m writing is because my liver enzymes are at a high level, I’ve been to a GI dr. I have a regular GI dr but I just found out she died, I had been going there 10 yrs. cause my mom died from colon cancer. My right side hurts so bad I can hardly get up from an seating position and I can not do my daily chores. My pcp gave me some meds w/o acetaminophen b/c of my Liver problems and I’ve never drank achahol. But my pcp no more of any kind of meds with acetaminophen in it, he wrote me a script for OxyContin 5 mg with no acetaminophen in it. But he says he cannot continue to write the scrip. And I don’t have a diagnosis on my side stomach. I’m in so much pain. Please lead me in the right direction. Thank you, Cathy B.

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      Pain Doctor April 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Cathy — We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve been facing. Unfortunately we can’t answer specific medical questions online. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you. We also recommend reaching out to a support group to get help from people who understand what you’re going through. You can find online options here: https://paindoctor.com/chronic-pain-support-groups/.

  15. Donna April 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Looking for pain relief

  16. Wanda Benso May 7, 2018 at 5:02 am - Reply

    I need a pain doctor in the Port Huron area I have sever spine issues and a failed back surgery I need help NOW I don’t know how much longer I can take this pain I had 2 injections at Harper Hospital and now the doctor that sent me there isn’t listed, please help I am going to lose my mind.

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      Pain Doctor May 7, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Hi Wanda — We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve been facing. Unfortunately we can’t answer questions online without knowing more about your condition. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you who can help.

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  18. richard l bury May 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Hi my name’s Rick I was I was in a car accident in June 2017 I have a couple of lawyers working on it for me in a result I just had major back surgery in January I had interbody Fusion six screws and rods and L4 L5 S1 and I’m in so much pain my surgeon said he can’t prescribe me meds that I have to go to a pain management doctor. Also my left leg I just found out I have arthritis in my left hip which makes my left leg not work I can’t walk basically permanently disabled I live in the Pompano area Florida and I know the laws are changing it’s not that I want pain medication instead I actually need it and it really stinks that people out there ruined it for people that really need it what can I do that’s close to me my area please help thanks.

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      Pain Doctor May 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Hi Richard — We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve been facing. Unfortunately we can’t answer questions online without knowing more about your condition. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you who can help.

  19. Patti Harrelson May 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Just moved to colorado and am having trouble finding a pain management doctor that prescribes the medication i have been on. It is an opioid so i know its hard to do anyway but i have been out of my medication for almost a week.

    • Pain Doctor
      Pain Doctor May 28, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Patti — We are so sorry to hear about the challenges you’ve been facing. Unfortunately we can’t answer questions online without knowing more about your condition. You can find Pain Doctor affiliated specialists here: https://paindoctor.com/get-relief-now/ or use the tips here to find one near you who can help.

  20. Nicholas Kersey May 29, 2018 at 12:26 am - Reply

    My name is Nicholas K. I was told id never walk walk again after last car accident where my tail bone was shattered, fractured multiple disks including S1, L1 through L5. I taught myself to walk because i was tired of usingonly arms to get from my living area, through my kitchen and into bathroom in other room every day. I didn’t have to, but try having O.C.D and going to the bathroom right where you eat multiple times a day. Anyway, eventually my heart director was concerned that pain meds was not enough, so now i have 3 rods and 6 bolts from a fusion surgery. I few patients at my office screwed up bad, as will as the opioid epidemic… My doctor’s office cut everyone from that kind of medication. I took suboxen to help but it does nothing for pain. If you were my age in this era… You’d understand that if you ask for help with pain, especially having tattoos and not a body builder… I just didn’t want to suffer anymore. It’s been 2 years with zero help. I’m from Levittown Pennsylvania. Thank you

  21. Laura Heiser July 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a pain manage Dr in Warminster who would be willing to take Wyoming workmans comp. Would like to stay on pretty much same meds and treatment I’m on with my current pain management dr.

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