Having studied Pain Management,
Dr. Deflumere has been trained
to create management plans for patients that are suffering from chronic pain, resulting from a wide range of disorders, diseases or complications. Dr. Deflumere will evaluate the patient, perform a variety of diagnostic tests, and then create a comprehensive treatment plan based on the patient's individual and personal needs.
Pain management is an area of medicine devoted to the relief and management of acute and chronic pain caused by a variety of different diseases and injuries. Pain management specialists work to improve the quality of life and day to day living of those who suffer from debilitating, chronic pain. Those suffering from chronic pain are often treated by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners at pain clinics or centers, but may also be treated by other physicians, such as family practitioners.
Pain management clinics are medical centers that provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for patients. These clinics specialize in the treatment of pain and provide associated medical care; patients may be treated in either inpatient or outpatient settings. Pain management clinics often work in conjunction with a patient’s primary care physician, and often employ physicians that specialize in pain such as neurologists, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, physiatrists and psychiatrists, among others.
Pain management specialists can provide variety of different treatment techniques and procedures when trying to alleviate or manage the pain their patients face. These may include trigger point and epidural injections, the prescription of medications such as nerve blocks, surgical implants, bioelectric therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS) or physical therapy, among other treatments. Many patients suffering from chronic pain choose to pursue alternative medical treatments to alleviate pain, such as acupuncture.
Having studied Addiction Medicine,
Dr. Deflumere has been trained
to diagnose and treat all types of addiction, including addictions to behaviors, activities and substances. Treatment techniques for patients suffering from addiction can include a wide variety of short and long term therapies, detoxification treatments, rehabilitation and harm reduction treatments, among others.
Addiction medicine physicians are typically trained across a wide gamut of preventative, evaluative and treatment measures throughout various medical settings (such as ambulatory, acute and psychiatric care settings, among others). Educational and training requirements for this medical specialty vary throughout the country, as each state has its own licensing process. Physicians that practice addiction medicine have earned medical degrees (MD or DO) and typically specialize in mental health, psychiatry and/or psychology. The most popular path toward practice in this area of medicine has been psychiatry, with a subspecialty focus on addiction medicine. In July 2011, the first residency programs for addiction medicine gained national accreditation.
Many psychiatrists or other physicians who practice addiction medicine seek board certification in addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Physicians are encouraged to voluntarily seek board certification from the ABPN which is separate from any state licensure requirements. Board certification from the ABPN illustrates that the physician has received the proper education and experience to provide patients with preventative, diagnostic, interventional and treatment services. Certification from ABPN also represents that the physician undergoes sufficient continuing education to practice in the field of addiction medicine.