Pain Management Physician vs. Orthopedic Physician

What is the Difference between a Pain Management Physician and an Orthopedic Specialist?

Understanding which medical professional you should see for your pain can be difficult with so many sub-specialties in medicine. There are many differences between a pain management physician and an orthopedic spine doctor and it is important to know these in order to determine who is better suited to treat your pain. Some of these differences are described below.

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A physician specialized in pain management is trained to treat pain in all of its forms. Pain management doctors concentrate on finding the right treatment for the specific pain you are experiencing. This can include treatments ranging from pain management injections, physical therapy, muscle relaxers, NSAIDs, as well as other procedures or treatments.

Orthopedic Surgeon

An orthopedic spine surgeon treats conditions impacting the musculoskeletal system and may typically sub-specialize on a specific body part. Orthopedic specialists can perform surgical and non-surgical treatments to alleviate pain.

Who Should You Visit?

Your condition will likely determine which specialist is better suited to treat your specific pain. Most often, patients will begin by seeing a pain management specialist for their pain. This doctor can perform more conservative treatments such as prescribing physical therapy, NSAIDs, or muscle relaxers to alleviate your pain. Various injections and additional treatments can also be suggested by your pain management doctor to help you manage your pain. Patients will generally try these treatments first in order to avoid surgery. However, in the case where these treatments do not provide sufficient relief, your pain management doctor can then refer you to an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate your condition and determine whether you are a worthy candidate for minimally invasive surgery.

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