Pain management is an emerging discipline emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach with a goal of functional restoration and reduction of pain and suffering. In 1976, The United States Social Security Administration officially recognized chronic pain as a significant form of morbidity in the aging American population. This decision extended benefits to cover chronic pain and rehabilitative treatment and produced an explosion of providers and centers dedicated to its mission. Pain Centers are specialized entities set up to evaluate and treat patients with complex, intractable, and disabling problems. In designating a pain practice, it is important to keep the following in mind. A pain center has three customers: the patient, the referring physician, and the payer.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine