[QUOTE=larry2210]is a physiatrist the same as a pm doctor. please let me know what they do differently. thanks
ps this is a wonderful board. I want to thank everyone who is reading and or answering my questions.[/QUOTE]
Hi Larry... Hope this helps........
[U]A PYSCHIATRIST[/U]: is a physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders, such : Anxiety,Depression, Developemental disabilities, Psychosis, Substance abuse, and Sexual dysfunction.
[U]PAIN MANAGEMENT DOCTORS[/U] : are experts at diagnosing why you are having pain as well as treating the pain itself. Some of the more common pain problems they manage include: arthritis, back and neck pain, cancer pain, nerve pain, migraine headaches and many others.
They also manage acute pain caused by surgery, a debilitating illness or a serious injury. Examples include: back and neck pain, before and after surgery, pain after a knee-joint replacement, pain during recovery from a car accident. You may be treated in the hospital or in an outpatient clinic.
The pain medicine doctor will work closely with your primary care doctor, Pain medicine doctors will review your medical records and X-rays as needed. They will ask you to describe your pain in detail, such as where it hurts, for how long, what makes the pain worse or what makes it feel better. They may ask you to fill out a detailed questionnaire that helps them to assess the impact that your pain is having on your lifestyle and if it is interfering with your daily activities. They also will do a complete physical examination on you. They may need to order other tests and will then review all of their findings to determine what is causing your pain and how the problem can be corrected. Pain medicine doctors are usually Anesthesiologists as well. They preform procedures such as Epidural Steroid Injections, Nerve Blocks, and many other procedures, usually done under a form of Anesthesia either local or general....
Hope this helped clear this up for ya a bit....