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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 provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.