Pain is one of the most prevalent medical problems in today’s society. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are an estimated 76.5 million Americans suffering from chronic pain. Unfortunately, based on recent studies it is also one of the most under-treated medical complaints. Chronic neck and back pain is an agonizing reality for millions of Americans. Traditional methods of treatment include pain medications, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, or surgery.
An Interventional Pain Management specialist is a physician with special training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all different types of pain. Pain is actually a wide spectrum of disorders including acute pain, chronic pain, cancer pain, and sometimes a combination of these. Pain can also arise for many different reasons such as surgery, injury, nerve damage, and metabolic problems such as diabetes. Occasionally, pain can even be the problem all by itself, without any obvious cause at all.
The broad variety of treatments available to treat pain is growing rapidly and with increasing complexity. As the field of medicine learns more about the intricacies of pain, it has become more important to have physicians with specialized knowledge and skills to treat these conditions. AOC’s Interventional Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Wayne Cockrell, Jr. has in-depth knowledge and training on the physiology of pain. They evaluate patients with complicated pain problems and have an understanding of specialized tests for diagnosing painful conditions.
As Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Cockrell uses the appropriate prescription of medications and procedures such as nerve blocks, spinal injections, and other interventional techniques to treat various types of pain. With an increasing number of new and complex medications, techniques, and technologies becoming available every year for the treatment of pain, Dr. Cockrell is uniquely trained to use their knowledge safely and effectively to help AOC patients. They also play an important role in the coordination of additional care such as Physical Therapy, Psychological Therapy, and rehabilitation programs in order to offer patients a comprehensive treatment plan with a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of their pain.