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Douglas Yeatman
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M.D.
Appleton
Interventional Pain Management
Aascend Pain Institute
842 N. Westhill Blvd.
Appleton
WI
54914

How is depression involved with chronic pain?
Depression is the most common emotion associated with chronic pain. It is thought to be 3-4 times more common in people with chronic pain than in the general population.  In addition, 30-80% of people with chronic pain will have some type of depression. People with chronic pain and depression suffer dramatic changes in their physical, mental, and social well-being, and in their quality of life. Such people often find it difficult to sleep, are easily agitated, cannot perform their normal activities of daily living, and cannot concentrate. This can start a vicious cycle – pain leads to more depression, which leads to more chronic pain. 

What is the difference between a physiatrist and an interventional pain specialist?
Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues, and nervous system. Generally, physiatrists aim to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. Intervention pain specialists have historically been anesthesiologist that spent at least a year of additional training in an interventional pain fellowship. Today, the field has expanded to include physicians of other specialties, physiatry, radiology, neurosurgery, and even psychiatrists. Interventional pain specialists use a variety of means to reduce pain primarily injections.

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