5 Things to Look for in a Pain Management Doctor
If you have been suffering from chronic pain that won’t go away for months or even years, it is time to see a pain specialist. If you’re ready to see a specialist, but you aren’t sure where to start, keep reading for our five tips on what to look for in a pain management doctor.
1. Referral from Primary Care Doctor
A good place to start looking for a pain specialist is a referral from your primary care physician. Your primary care doctor will be familiar with specialists in the area and will be able to refer you to the appropriate pain specialist for your condition. Ask for several recommendations so you can do some research on the doctors and choose which one you want to see.
2. Patient Reviews
After you receive a referral from your primary care doctor, do some research to narrow down your choice of pain specialist. You can start with patient reviews and read them with these questions in mind:
- Do patients say that this doctor has helped their pain?
- Do patients say that this doctor treats them with respect and makes them feel comfortable?
- Do patients feel assured in the doctor’s skills and expertise?
- Do any of the patients mention symptoms similar to yours?
3. Board Certification and Experience
You will want to make sure that you choose a doctor who is certified as a pain specialist. This will guarantee they have gone through the proper study and training to practice pain management. You’ll also want a doctor who has experience treating your specific symptoms. If they’ve seen it before, they’ll be more likely to devise a successful treatment plan for you. Also make sure you choose a doctor who keeps up with their studies, and stays current with the latest advancements in pain management.
You will want to choose a doctor who makes you feel comfortable. When you first consult with your doctor, make note of how you feel interacting with them. Do they listen to your questions and concerns, or do they dismiss your symptoms? Do they explain things to you in a way that is easy to understand? Pick a doctor that makes you feel comfortable, respected, and heard.
Of course you should do research on which doctors take your insurance. You’ll want to choose a doctor who is in-network to cut down on costs. Once you find an in-network doctor, Inquire with your insurance company about certain treatments your doctor recommends and whether those treatments will be covered. Your doctor should be willing to work with you to find a treatment plan that will ease your symptoms without breaking your budget.
We hope these tips will help you find the right doctor for you. If you have any questions or think that Dr. Moore might be the doctor you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.