As a pain management doctor, Dr. Ben Evans provides individualized care and comfort for people experiencing acute or chronic pain. As a trained internist, Dr. Ben Evans focuses on treating the underlying condition responsible for causing acute and chronic pain conditions. Pain can be caused by a variety of situations from sports, motor vehicle and workplace injuries to specific pain disorders such as back pain, neck and hip pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. We will work with you to develop a treatment strategy that will provide relief, along with long-term support and management of your pain therapy.
Common Questions About Pain Management:
What can you expect from a pain management doctor visit?
At your first pain management appointment, you can expect to meet with our medical team to review your pain problem and medical history. You will undergo a physical exam, pain assessment and we may request diagnostic tests such as blood tests and x-rays. From this initial evaluation, a treatment plan will be discussed.
When should you see a pain management doctor?
Most pain is temporary and will resolve itself with minimal intervention. Pain that does not go away or minimize after 3 months is a good indication that you may need to seek out a pain management doctor. Other indications would be if you find yourself taking more and more over the counter pain medications to treat your pain and it isn’t helping. Another reason to see a pain management specialist is if you want to stop taking prescription painkillers and seek alternative treatments to manage your pain.
Can internal medicine doctors treat chronic pain?
Yes, an internist is actually in the best position to manage your chronic pain condition. As most chronic pain is caused by an underlying condition, an internal medicine doctor specializes in understanding the cause and treatment of those conditions. As your primary care doctor, an internist has an ongoing and long-standing medical relationship with their patients. This helps the physician understand the cause of the pain and develop a treatment plan specific to you.