What is pain management?
Pain management is a medical specialty that is dedicated to helping you decrease
your level of pain and suffering using both interventional and non
interventional techniques. The goal of pain management is to restore your
quality of life by helping you return you to your maximum level of functioning
The American Board of Medical Specialties
recognizes pain medicine as a medical
subspecialty. Pain Medicine Physicians must now complete a one-year
multidisciplinary pain fellowship after successful completion of four years of
medical school and four years of anesthesiology residency or other specialty
residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology or
All of our physicians at AIPM are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology
in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.
What is the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Acute pain is of short duration and is usually the result of an injury, surgery orillness.
Chronic pain is ongoing and can be the result of many conditions that cause neck and
low back pain, neuropathic (nerve) pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and pain
related to illness.
Treatments for acute and chronic pain might include injections or other procedures, short
and long-term medications, or a combination of the two. Commonly, adjuvant
therapies, such as physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, or psychotherapy,
may also be beneficial in treating acute and chronic pain.
What should I look for in a pain management practice?
Our physicians at AIPM maintain the highest standards for patient care. Some things
to consider when choosing a pain management practice should include board
certification, subspecialty fellowship training, practice reputation, and
approach to patient care.
All of our physicians are fellowship-trained anesthesiologists who are board
certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in both Anesthesiology and
Pain Medicine. AIPM has an excellent reputation of superior patient care in the
Northern New Jersey region. Our physicians take a comprehensive approach to
diagnosis and a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment of a patient's pain
condition. Our practice has multiple locations throughout Northern New Jersey
and our physicians are credentialed at multiple outpatient surgical facilities
to make a patient's office visit and procedure as convenient as possible.
From the American Society of Anesthesiologists
pain management by unqualified providers presents serious risks to patients,
such as persistent or worsened pain, bleeding, infection, nerve damage, brain
damage, paralysis or even death. Therefore, it is the position of the American
Society of Anesthesiologists that interventional pain management of patients
suffering from chronic pain constitutes the practice of medicine. Appropriate
medical training is necessary to evaluate, diagnose and safely treat patients
suffering from chronic pain and to respond to complications of treatment should
they arise. The public safety requires that interventional pain management in
statute and regulation as clearly recognized as the practice of medicine and
the interventional treatment of pain is provided only by qualified