National Spine & Pain Center’s Dr. Daniel Kendall made a guest appearance on WUSA 9 news with Andrea Rhone to discuss the treatment of chronic pain.
Dr. Kendall specified that the first step in diagnosing and treating chronic pain is finding the right physician, leading to a discussion on the pain management specialty. Dr. Kendall not only explained the origins and background of pain management but he also explored the technological advances in interventional treatments including trial spinal cord simulators.
When applying this treatment, a temporary stimulator is implanted which transmits mild electrical impulses to the spinal cord. This interrupts the feeling of pain, substituting a more pleasing sensation called paresthesia. If the patient is comfortable with the sensation, a permanent stimulator would be implanted. Dr. Kendall stated this is “the only surgery I know to date that you can actually try out before having it.”
We invite you to view Dr. Kendall’s video interview below. We encourage all chronic pain sufferers to continue spreading the word about pain management physicians and their mission to reduce pain and suffering.
Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Dr. Kendall practices at National Spine and Pain Centers’ McLean, VA location. Fellowship trained at John Hopkins, Dr. Kendall is well versed in his field and publishes articles and lectured nationally on a range of interventional pain management topics.
He serves on the National Physician Advisory Board for Advanced Bionics as a thought leader on best practices for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technology in clinical medicine.
“[Pain management] is a sub-specialty of anesthesia and physical medicine and rehabilitation, there is a board certification. We are trained and hopefully able to diagnose the pain structures [in the body].”
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