How to know when you need a pain specialist

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For many people the line between “every day aches and pains” and “pain every single day” can be hard to discern.

A common belief is that aches and pains are just part of getting older. And to an extent, that is true.  However there is a difference between what might be considered “every day aches” and chronic pain.

Dr. Rodolfo Gari, Medical Director of Florida Pain Relief Group, provides some insight into what to look for when deciding to see a pain specialist.


Question: I’m in pain, but I’m not sure I need to see a specialist. How will I know?

Dr. Gari: “If you are in pain, first consult your primary care doctor who will either treat your pain or refer you to a pain specialist such as our doctors at Florida Pain Relief Group. In the event that your pain treatment is unsatisfactory, or you do not have a primary care doctor, you can self refer yourself to a pain management specialist. At Florida Pain Relief Group we work closely with your primary care doctor to establish a pain treatment plan that is unique to you.”

Q: What does a pain specialist do?

Dr. Gari: “A pain specialist is just that, a physician who has expertise beyond medical school to both diagnose and treat your pain condition. Our physicians at Florida Pain Relief Group receive on average nine years of training following college. This training includes four years of medical school; one year of an internship in a field such as Internal Medicine or General Surgery; and three or  four years of a residency such as Anesthesiology, plus another year in a sub specialty in Pain Management, called a fellowship.”

Q: What should I look for when researching a pain doctor?

Dr. Gari: “Look for a medical doctor who has a comprehensive approach to pain management. Pain Management is much more than pain medications. There are many minimally invasive procedures that can be done to treat your pain. These minimally invasive procedures are only performed by specialist in pain management. All of our physicians at Florida Pain Relief Group have these skills necessary to treat your pain.”

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