Pain Medicine

What Is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a medical specialty like neurology or internal medicine. A physician with this specialty studies pain, pain management, prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for people in pain.

People suffer pain for many reasons, but it typically falls into three categories:

  • Direct tissue injury or disease
  • Nerve injury or disease
  • Mixed tissue and nerve injury or disease


Pain management doctors create a care plan to manage the pain based on the cause. The treatment plan for arthritis would likely differ from that for a stroke or chronic back pain. It’s the job of a pain management specialist to create a treatment based on each patient's specific needs.

Benefits of Pain Management Clinics

The NENA Division of Pain Medicine consists of pain management specialists with advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of painful conditions. Pain specialists are physicians who most commonly begin training in anesthesiology or physiatry.  Board Certification is achieved after a Fellowship in Pain Medicine accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education.

We serve the needs of patients suffering from a wide range of painful disorders. Pain can be a multidimensional problem, as varied as the individuals who suffer from pain. Treatment works best when patients are evaluated and treated with access to an integrated team.

The ability of NENA Pain Medicine specialists to coordinate care with our Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Physiatrists, Rheumatologist, Psychologist and Psychiatrists is unique and truly exceptional to find outside of the large academic medical centers in Boston. Treatment is designed to meet the physical, psychosocial, and vocational needs of each person.

The ultimate goal is to increase function and diminish pain and its influence over daily activities. Each patient is encouraged to learn how to participate in treatment for his or her own well-being.

Seeking treatment at a pain management clinic ensures you meet with a specialist who has extensive pain management training. 

Pain can have a significant impact on your overall health and healing. The staff at a pain management clinic have the skill set to control pain so that you can feel and heal better.

Our Specialists

Young, Andrew – MD View Profile