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Dr. Ehsan Alam MD
Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine
1604 Medical Drive
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 276-4611

Dr. Ehsan Alam's areas of specialization are physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation) and pain medicine; he sees patients in Laurinburg, NC. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. After attending the University of the Punjab and King Edward Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at Easton Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Alam (or staff) is conversant in Urdu. He is affiliated with OrthoCarolina.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine
1404 Sherbrooke Circle
Laurinburg, NC

Dr. Darbye McClanahan specializes in anesthesiology and interventional pain medicine. Dr. McClanahan honors Medicare insurance. She attended Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia for medical school and subsequently trained at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for residency. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)
500 Lauchwood Drive
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 291-7781; (910) 291-7000

Dr. Mark Hansman is an anesthesiologist, pain specialist, and critical care specialist in Shelby, NC and Laurinburg, NC. Dr. Hansman takes Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Dr. Hansman's professional affiliations include Richmond Memorial Hospital and Scotland Memorial Hospital and Edwin Morgan Center.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
500 Lauchwood Road
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 725-1710; (910) 725-1708

Dr. James Taylor is an anesthesiology and pain medicine specialist in Pinehurst, NC and Laurinburg, NC. He is affiliated with Richmond Memorial Hospital and Scotland Memorial Hospital and Edwin Morgan Center. Dr. Taylor attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah. He is in-network for Medicare insurance.

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What is Pain Medicine?

Pain medicine is a specialty closely related to, but separate from, anesthesiology. Whereas anesthesiologists typically work to relieve a patient’s pain during surgery or another medical procedure, pain medicine specialists work to relieve their patients’ pain as they are out living their lives.

Pain medicine specialists treat patients who have acute or chronic pain. The pain may be a symptom of their problem (e.g. they are hurting because they were in a car accident), or the pain may be the problem itself (e.g. they are having migraine headaches). The pain specialist’s goal is to prevent pain from interfering with a patient’s quality of life.

Pain medicine specialists must have a thorough understanding of the physiology of pain, how it is caused, and what effects it has on the body. A good pain medicine specialist is able to evaluate patients who are hurting and who may not always be able to communicate their problems very well. To gain more information about their patients’ condition, pain medicine physicians can interpret specialized imaging tests. Using this information, pain medicine specialists must be able to prescribe a balanced treatment plan.

There are several treatments that pain medicine specialists may use to alleviate pain for their patients. They can prescribe medication, perform certain procedures, and refer patients to rehabilitation services. Often they will recommend multiple treatment methods to be used simultaneously. Some of these pain treatments include:
  • Implantable devices (intrathecal pump, spinal cord stimulator)
  • Injections (corticosteroids)
  • Medications (Percocet, Vicodin)
  • Nerve blocks (anesthetic injected into a nerve)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Alternative medicine therapies, such as biofeedback, acupuncture, and hypnosis

Being in pain takes away your enjoyment of life. It can lead to depression and stop you from engaging in even everyday activities. Because pain can’t be seen or tested for, it is sometimes overlooked by others. A pain medicine specialist works to safely restore your quality of life.