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What is a Pain Management Professional?

Chronic pain is an especially debilitating condition that can seriously reduce your overall quality of life. Whether you suffer from neck, back, knee or any other kind of pain, you’ve probably done just about everything in your power to correct the issue. Your primary care physician likely doesn’t specialize in the identification and treatment of chronic pain conditions, so consider seeing a pain management professional.

Pain Management Professionals

Currently in the medical profession, there isn’t a single field officially dedicated to pain management. However, individual disciplines do have professionals who primarily focus on pain management (for instance, physical therapy, anesthesiology, interventional radiology and physiatry). Recent research indicates professionals in behavioral science, psychology and psychiatry can assist in the treatment of chronic pain.

Pain Professional Treatments

Pain management professionals work on many different kinds of pain. These include complications from back surgery (also known as failed back surgery syndrome) and challenging chronic pain resulting from any number of conditions. If your primary care physician is unable to treat your chronic pain, ask for a referral to a pain treatment professional or make an appointment (depending on your insurance policy). Pain Stop Clinics staffs a team of pain management professionals who can implement an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

 

What is the difference between a nurse and a nurse practitioner?

If you are considering a medical career you might be wondering what the difference is between a nurse and a nurse practitioner. Put simply, a nurse specializes in the general care of patients while a nurse practitioner focuses on one specific branch of medicine, such as pediatrics or geriatrics.

Education

While a nurse only needs an associate’s degree, a nurse practitioner must earn a Master’s of Science in Nursing. To become a registered nurse, you need to study at a community college or four-year university. To become a nurse practitioner, you must attend a university graduate program.

Licensing And Certifications

To work as a nurse, you have to register with your state’s Board of Nursing. You will also have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination. To become a licensed nurse practitioner you need to pass a test administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Continuing Education

Depending on your state, there will be different continuing education requirements for nurses. A nurse practitioner must renew their certification every five years, and work a certain number of hours in a clinical setting in order to keep their license current.

Duties

The job duties that nurses perform include monitoring patients, keeping records on each one, ordering tests and getting results, assisting doctors and communicating with patients’ families.

The job duties that nurse practitioners perform include prescribing medications, creating treatment plans for their patients, find and treating illnesses and monitoring a patient’s illnesses.

Places Of Employment

Nurses mainly work in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. While many nurse practitioners have a private practice, others work at research or university hospitals.

Why Pain Stop Clinics?

  • We’re growing!
  • 11 branches provide ease of access.
  • No initial costs.
  • All physicians board certified.
  • Same-day appointments available.
  • Up-to-date technology and protocols for treating pain.
  • Long-term injury care.
  • Helpful medical assistants to expedite paperwork.
  • Accident injury care professionals.
  • Comprehensive care plans.
  • Expert care teams specializing in head, neck, back, arm and leg pain.
  • Insurance plans accepted.
  • Cash plans available.

Our expert pain professionals are 100% committed to treating your pain without addictive, potentially deadly opiod medications. We commonly treat whiplash trauma, neck pain, chronic headaches, spinal cord injuries, numbness or tingling, blurred vision, fatigue, dizziness and stiffness.

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