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Specializes in Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care (Intensive Care Medicine)

500 Lauchwood Drive
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 291-7000; (910) 291-7781

Dr. Mark Hansman is a specialist in pain medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care (intensive care medicine). He works in Shelby, NC and Laurinburg, NC. Before completing his residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport and a hospital affiliated with Tulane University, Dr. Hansman attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Hansman accepts Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Scotland Memorial Hospital and Edwin Morgan Center.

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Specializes in Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Pain Medicine, SPINE MEDICINE, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

1604 Medical Drive
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 276-4611

Dr. Ehsam Alam is a specialist in pain medicine and physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). He works in Laurinburg, NC. Dr. Alam's professional affiliations include Carroll Hospital Center and Northwest Hospital Center (LifeBridge Health). He graduated from King Edward Medical University and the University of the Punjab and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine

500 Lauchwood Road
Laurinburg, NC
(910) 725-1708; (910) 291-7781

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Dr. James Taylor's areas of specialization are pain medicine and anesthesiology. He takes Medicare insurance. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah for residency. Dr. Taylor's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scotland Memorial Hospital and Edwin Morgan Center and Richmond Memorial Hospital.

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Specializes in Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Medicine

1404 Sherbrooke Circle
Laurinburg, NC

Dr. Darbye McClanahan is a physician who specializes in interventional pain medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. McClanahan graduated from Georgia Regents University, Medical College of Georgia. Her residency was performed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She offers interpreting services for her patients.

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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.

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