The Right Diagnosis Takes the Right Doctor: How to Choose Yours

More than 20% of Americans struggle with chronic pain and 8% of people in this group have high-impact pain that limits their lives in significant ways. If you find yourself among the millions who are trying to find a solution for chronic or acute pain, finding the right doctor to properly diagnose and treat your pain is paramount.

At Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management, our pain management specialists, led by Drs. Shailesh (Shay) Pathare and Sathish Modugu, understand the unique challenges that come with coping with pain. While the pain itself is an incredible burden to bear, the emotional and mental impact that pain can have needs to be considered as well, which is why you need the right support team in your corner.

If you’re battling to regain your quality of life in the face of chronic pain, it all starts with an accurate diagnosis that leads to the right treatment plan, which is where a good pain management specialist comes in. To help you find the right team, here are a few points to consider.

Compassion counts

As we mentioned above, pain has a way of hijacking your life in ways that you could never imagine, so it’s vital that you find a doctor who understands the physical and mental toll that pain exacts. This is why it’s important that you find a doctor who truly listens to you and understands the impact that the pain is having on your life. 

As pain management specialists, we offer both expert and compassionate care that takes into account the “human” side of pain. We understand that no two people are alike, and we take the time to understand your unique situation and your concerns, which is critical in how we address your pain. In fact, during your initial visit, we begin with an in-depth discussion about your medical history, activity level, nutrition, sleep, and overall quality of life to better understand your situation and your goals.

Experience above all

With any doctor, you should not only look for a good personal fit, but a good professional fit. In this regard, experience matters a great deal. Your doctor should have extensive experience in helping patients successfully find relief without resorting to the most aggressive technique available, such as surgery.

At our practice, we’ve performed thousands of needle-guided pain procedures, helping patients find pain relief without resorting to risky surgical solutions.

Leaving no stone unturned

Pain management is a tricky, moving target, so you should look for a doctor who works tirelessly to address the root cause of your pain. Masking pain is relatively easy, but it doesn’t help you in the long run, which is something our team understands.

From the moment you come in, our team sets to work to identify the underlying cause of your pain so they can provide you with a treatment plan that provides long-lasting and sustainable relief.

Ultimately, we understand that finding the right doctor to diagnose and treat your pain is critical, and we’re here to answer any questions you may have. To get started, simply contact one of our offices in Staten Island and Hartsdale, New York, to set up a consultation. You can call us or click the “request appointment” button while you’re here on the website.

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