When you have pain that sticks with you longer than you thought it would — like back pain or an old injury that flares up — you may want to add a new expert to your medical team. Just like there are many kinds of pain, there are different types of specialists who treat it. Your regular doctor can recommend the kind that you should see. For instance, if you have pain as a result of cancer, you may go to a different doctor than someone who has pain from a past car accident.
Your pain doctor and your regular doctor will work closely together to help you feel better ASAP. They may also recommend that you get physical therapy or occupational therapy, massage, acupuncture, electrical nerve stimulation, biofeedback, or counseling, depending on how pain has affected you.