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Pain Management Doctors

What type of training does a pain management doctor have?

Like other physicians, anesthesiologists earned a college degree and completed four years of medical school. They spent four more years learning the medical specialty of anesthesiology and pain medicine during residency training. Many anesthesiologists who specialize in pain medicine receive an additional year of fellowship training to become a “sub-specialist,” or an expert in treating pain. Some also have done research, and many have special certification in pain medicine through the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). The ABA is the only organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to offer special credentials in pain medicine.

When do I need to see a pain medicine doctor?

If your pain persists after the healing process should be over, you might have what is called chronic pain. If the current treatment you are receiving stops working, or if your pain begins to get worse over time, your primary care doctor may suggest that you see a pain medicine doctor.

Cancer pain is another condition that can be managed by a pain medicine doctor while the patient continues to receive treatment for various types of cancer. The pain can be due to cancer surgery or treatment procedures, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, or the tumor itself.

What does a pain medicine doctor do?

Pain medicine doctors are experts at diagnosing why you are having pain as well as treating the pain itself.

They also manage acute pain caused by surgery, a debilitating illness, or a serious injury. You may be treated in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic.

  • The pain medicine doctor will work closely with your primary care doctor.
  • Pain medicine doctors will review your medical records as needed.
  • They will ask you to describe your pain in detail.
  • They may ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire which helps to assess the impact your pain is having on your life and daily activities.
  • They will perform a complete physical examination.
  • They may need to order other tests and review their findings to determine what is causing your pain and how the problem can be corrected.

Emad Daoud, MD, PhD

Dr. Daoud's special interests include: abdominal and pelvic pain, spinal cord stimulation, anesthesia for orthopedic surgery, back/neck pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, interventional pain management, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, acute lung injury

George Girgis, DO

Dr. Girgis's special interests include: acute and chronic pain, back/neck pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, spinal cord stimulation

Joseph Abdelmalak, MD

Dr. Abdelmalak’s special interests include: Pelvic pain, back pain, musculoskeletal pain.