Dr. Jasper has been trained in two medical specialties.
General practice, or general medicine, is a comprehensive area of medical care that focuses on the treatment of all types of conditions and diseases, similar to that of a family practice. Physicians who practice general medicine are known as general practitioners and usually provide primary care services. General practitioners not only provide treatment for existing conditions, but are also trained in the area of preventive care.
General practitioners are trained to treat a wide range of illnesses and diseases and are usually the point of first contact for a patient when they are unsure of their condition or are seeking initial medical care. In a sense, general practitioners act as the “gatekeepers” to the medical world, deciding when and for which conditions their patients will be referred to a specialist.
Many general practitioners who have not completed specialized fellowships in specialty areas pursue Certificates in Added Qualifications (CAQs), which allow the physician to earn credentials in areas such as geriatrics, sleep medicine, adolescent medicine or hospice & palliative medicine.
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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.
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