Pain Management & Palliative Care Specialists – Improving the Quality of Life

Pain Management & Palliative Care: An Overview

Pain management and Palliative care are used to manage a disease or medical condition that is serious or life-threatening. It helps ease the pain and other associated physical, emotional, or psychosocial symptoms. It also eases other distressing symptoms like depression, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, and shortness of breath. Palliative care provides advanced care, planning, and support systems to help you live a life that is as active, fulfilling, and pain-free as possible.

Role of a Palliative Care Specialist

Pain management and Palliative care specialists work with other health professionals like oncology, mental health, neurology, cardiac, and renal services. They also work with volunteers providing care in the community. These specialists have training in palliative care for intractable pain to deal with specific problems or circumstances that need pain management and palliative assistance. 

The team of doctors and experts can answer questions about treatment options, help you make decisions, and let your other doctors know your wishes. You’ll have more control over your overall care and activity if you opt to receive pain management and palliative care for intractable pain.

Who Needs Pain Management and Palliative Care?

Any child or adult who is suffering from a serious condition like:-

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain from surgery
  • Pain from injury
  • Nerve pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia)

Role of Pain Management and Palliative Medicine

Your care team may include doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, volunteers, and even spiritual advisers. Pain management and Palliative care for intractable pain do not focus on treating or curing the disease, but to ease your pain, symptoms, and any side effects of the treatment. These include:-

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of appetite
  • Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep problems
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Pain Management and Palliative Care for Children

The goals are exactly the same as for kids and adults: to relieve pain and other symptoms. But children who are suffering from serious illnesses are not young adults, they have their own specific needs. Some kids are not able to explain their pain or are too young to even walk and talk. Palliative specialists and nurses help read your child’s body language in order to figure out where and how much it hurts.

Your child’s pain management and palliative team may also include a child life therapist and art or music therapists. These therapists help your child understand their illness, provide them a sense of normalcy, and able them to express their feelings via art, music, and other creative outlets.

What are the Diseases Treated By Pain Management & Palliative Care Specialists?

  • Joint Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Low Back Pain

What are the Common Procedures done by Pain Management & Palliative Care Specialists?

  • Ozone therapy
  • Carpal Tunnel Nerve Block
  • Caudal Epidural Blocks
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Stellate Ganglion Nerve Blocks
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Cryoablation
  • Painless Labour
  • Baclofen Pump Implantation

When Should Opt for Treatment from Pain Management and Palliative Care Specialist?

You don’t have to be dying with a terminal illness or condition to receive pain management and palliative care. You can start it as soon as you are diagnosed or if you get your symptoms under control at the early stages, you may be able to get through the entire treatment.

Training and Educational Requirements to Become a Pain Management and Palliative Care Specialist

Aspirants are required to complete a five and a half years of M.B.B.S. in a graduation program from a medical college, followed by specialized training in anesthesiology as a part of their post-graduation. They also have to pursue fellowship courses in pain management to complete their training and certification.

Dr. Rishab Sharma

Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.

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