19 Aug 2013

Henry Ford Hospital: “Few Doctors Have Adequate Training to Effectively Treat Chronic Pain”

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An article published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association has been getting a lot of attention over the past week.  The article, by Dr. Raymond Hobbs and colleagues at Henry Ford Hospital, details how most doctors have little formal training in the treatment of chronic pain:

  • 100 million Americans are estimated to have a chronic pain condition, such as chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, or one of many other painful conditions
  • For every pain specialist doctor, there are 28,500 patients with chronic pain
  • Only 4 medical schools in the entire US and Canada offer a course in Pain Management!

Clearly there is a need for more better education in chronic pain, and for more specialists like myself who specialize in diagnosing and treating chronic pain.

We have physicians who have been well trained and have been practicing a long time, but didn’t receive training in pain management.

Formalized Pain Management Training

Fortunately, there now exist pain fellowship programs that set a high standard for the training of chronic pain specialists.  As a result, doctors such as myself are able to identify rare pain conditions (because we have seen them before) and apply the latest in interventional pain techniques being developed in the top academic centers.  The good news is that some of the best and brightest are now choosing to pursue careers in pain management, hopefully lessening the shortage of pain specialist doctors.

If you have been dealing with pain for a few months or longer, a specialist may be able to help.  If you live in or near Ventura County, I would be happy to find the cause of your pain and put together a new treatment plan.


About Leo Lombardo, M.D.

Leo Lombardo, M.D. is a dual-board-certified pain physician and founder of Ventura Pain and Spine Physicians, a medical practice serving Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, and all of Ventura County.


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