What are the top 5 factors to consider when choosing a good neck pain doctor?
Our experts explain what to consider when planning your neck pain treatment
Neck Doctor FAQ
What is a neck doctor called?
A neck doctor who uses minimally invasive treatments is called an interventional pain doctor or spine specialist. An orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon is a neck doctor who uses surgery to repair the cervical spine. The neck doctors at Pain Treatment Specialists are experts in pain management, and use the most conservative non-surgical treatments first for treating neck pain. In most cases, these minimally invasive neck pain treatments are highly effective at relieving neck pain without surgery.
What doctor to see for neck pain?
When neck pain doesn’t resolve on its own after a few days, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a pain management specialist or spine specialist. This type of doctor assesses your neck pain and listens carefully to your pain concerns, then creates a customized neck pain treatment plan. Epidural steroid injections, facet block injections, physical therapy, and trigger point injections are all examples of the minimally invasive neck pain treatments used at Pain Treatment Specialists. These neck pain treatments reduce your neck pain and increase your range of motion without invasive surgery. If your neck pain is accompanied by a headache, numbness or tingling in your extremities, or excruciating pain, it’s best to seek immediate treatment at an urgent care clinic.
When to see a doctor for neck pain?
Neck pain is a common condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. It can occur when you sleep in an awkward position, strain your neck from looking at a screen for too long, or have an underlying condition like osteoarthritis. Neck pain may resolve on its own through the use of over-the-counter pain relievers, stretches, or heating pads. However, if your neck pain lasts longer than a few days, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a neck pain doctor. Since your neck is an integral piece of your overall mobility and balance, addressing your neck pain improves your quality of life.
Choosing a pain specialist for your Neck is an important decision. With so many Neck doctors, how can you decide which one is right for you?
Here are 5 KEY points to CONSIDER when selecting a neck pain specialist
Board Certification and Training
When looking for a pain physician, it is important to select a pain specialist who is qualified and has the appropriate background training. Board Certification in Pain Medicine is a key qualification to look for. Board Certification requires extensive specialty-specific training and ongoing education to stay current on the most recent advances in pain medicine. Choose a physician who has completed advanced fellowship training to learn the safest, most effective, and most sophisticated techniques to target pain. At VIP Medical Group’s Pain Treatment Clinics, all of our pain physicians are Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology, meaning that they adhere to the highest medical standards. In addition all of our physicians did an advanced fellowship specializing in Pain Medicine at Harvard before joining our pain center team.
Treatment Options and Comprehensive care.
Neck pain is one of the most complicated medical issues to treat and is unique to each patient. Choose a neck pain expert who will develop a comprehensive care plan for you that utilizes different treatment modalities. Often this will involve physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, nutrition, and/or procedures. It’s important your neck pain physician discuss different options for how to treat your neck pain – pain often responds best when more than one approach is used, so choose a physician who will offer you different options. It’s also important that your neck pain physician respect your personal preferences regarding your care. Pain can be treated in a variety of different ways, so if you don’t agree with your pain physician’s approach, find someone whose style is in line with your values and personal goals.
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Physician Availability and Responsiveness.
It’s important that you have access to your neck pain physician! Pain can often flare up unexpectedly. It’s essential that you can communicate with your neck pain physician during those times and make an urgent appointment if necessary. At the Pain Treatment Clinic, our patients are able to make appointments with our physicians right away, often the same day. If you have a question or concern, staff should immediately notify your doctor and get an answer to you right away. The best doctor in the world can’t help you if you can never get in touch, so choose a physician who is available and responsive to your needs.
It’s essential to choose a neck pain physician who listens to you and understands your concerns. Your physician should take the time to listen to how you’re feeling and be receptive to your thoughts about your treatment plan. Only you can assess how your pain is responding. It’s important that your neck pain physician makes adjustments to your treatment plan based on the feedback you provide. If they don’t, seek out someone who will take the time to listen to you.
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Evaluate the Entire Practice Environment
Choosing the right doctor to treat your neck pain is essential, but choosing a staff that is professional, respectful, and knowledgeable is also important. Office staff members are a fundamental part of the care team and can influence your overall experience at a neck pain center. Similarly, selecting a physician who works in an office environment that is clean, spacious, with modern equipment is also key. This is especially important given the current coronavirus situation. Choose a pain clinic that is concerned for your overall health and takes the appropriate precautions to keep you safe.
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Our doctors are Qualified Pain Doctors and are specialists in the latest cutting edge technology in pain medicine. They have over 50 combined publications, have been featured on TV and Print Media. Their academic expertise, combined with exceptional bedside manner, ensure full patient satisfaction.
We are Industry Leaders
We are a center of excellence for pain care. We follow the latest guidelines for patient safety and our pain doctors regularly attend conferences & contribute to academia. We regularly have doctors from all over the country shadow and observe in our clinic.
Our Doctors are Board Certified
Our doctors are Board Certified in Pain Medicine. You should always ask if your pain doctor has a certification specifically in Pain Medicine. In order to be Certified in pain medicine, our doctors have to undergo vigorous residency training followed by fellowship specialization.
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From your initial appointment to any procedures and follow up appointments you may have, your pain doctor will guide you through decisions and be by your side throughout the entire process. Our clinical staff works closely with our doctors and our insurance team will make sure there are no hidden costs or surprise fees.
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