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How to Know When You Should See a Pain Specialist

James Liadis, MD, explains in a new edition of Shepherd Center Radio.

Chronic pain is in an extremely complex medical problem that can have profound effects on one’s physical and mental wellbeing. Uncontrolled pain impacts all aspects of daily activities. But how do you know when it's time to see a pain specialist? 

Dr. James Liadis, physiatrist in the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center, joins Shepherd Center radio to speak about pain management. Dr. Liadis explains how chronic pain is defined and diagnoised, as well as ways that pain can be treated. 

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James G. Liadis, M.D., is a physiatrist in the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center. After earning a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Dr. Liadis earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Liadis completed his training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and he is fellowship-trained in pain management through the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.