ASIPP Launches Tool to Help Patients Take the Guesswork Out of Finding Pain Specialists
NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) has just launched a user-friendly Doctor Finder component on their website, ASIPP Dr.Finder*. This marks the first time that the non-profit organization has launched a consumer-driven tool on the site. The Dr.Finder feature was launched in response to a growing need to provide easy access to information about interventional pain management physicians throughout the United States.
"Because the practice of interventional pain management is growing so rapidly, ASIPP wanted to ensure that pain sufferers would have pain management doctors at the click of a mouse," explains Dr. Laxmaiah Manchikanti, ASIPP's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
If someone is in pain, they may not be aware that their Internist or General Practitioner may not be the right resource to tackle a pain-based issue. An interventional pain physician is current on the latest pain therapeutic treatments and therefore can offer patients the myriad options available including information on surgical interventions.
With chronic pain conditions affecting more than 116 million Americans, ASIPP believes that providing consumers with an easy means to reach experts who can accurately and effectively identify, diagnose and treat pain conditions is an essential step in the growth of the organization overall.
One of ASIPP's missions is to create greater awareness of interventional pain therapies and this link is another step in that direction. Providing access to appropriate pain related medical care will decrease the prescription drug epidemic problem that continues to escalate in this country as the number one cause of death in nearly half of all U.S. states.
"Some people think because a medication comes from a pharmacy and is prescribed by their doctor that it is not addictive. We now know that this simply isn't true. Other modalities of treatment for pain are available so that patients do not need to take or can limit their amount of prescription pain medications. This will help patients become more functional and also help prevent the prescription pain medication epidemic from worsening," explains Dr. Frank Falco, President of ASIPP and practicing interventional pain management physician.
*By providing this listing, ASIPP is not recommending or endorsing these physicians.
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