At his Washington Square West, Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill offices, Dr. Jonathan A. Beatty will take a careful history to formulate a proper differential diagnosis. This may include rating scales and other items to identify and target specific symptoms with the most appropriate specialized medications available. Selection of psychotropic (acting on the brain) and addiction medications requires a specialized approach with a keen understanding of human physiology, neurology and pathology. Dr. Beatty has spent the last decade honing these skills in both clinical practice and continuing education through training and seminars.
Medication management is a medical specialty that focuses on helping patients manage multiple medications. A doctor who specializes in this field can make sure that the medications a patient is taking don’t adversely affect one another. They can also help patients who take prescription medications for chronic pain keep themselves from becoming addicted to the medications.
Anyone who is on multiple medications may benefit from seeing a medication management specialist, especially if they’re taking lots of medications. Patients who suffer from chronic pain and take several medications are especially good candidates for medication management.
Chronic pain management seeks to help patients cope with chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for several months or longer. Chronic pain may be caused by an injury, illness, or simply old age, and it can be severe. Chronic pain management helps prevent this pain from interfering with daily life and eases the patient’s ongoing pain -- without creating a chemical dependency on the pain medication.
Although chronic pain management is not quite the same as medication management, the two fields are related. There is an overlap of addiction and chronic pain and quality medicine management can help reduce the likelihood of addiction while effectively treating the pain.
When choosing a psychopharmacologist, Philadelphia residents should first look for a doctor who is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. Because some opiates are used for chronic pain management, anyone on these drugs should also seek out a doctor who is familiar with opiates and has a license to prescribe them if they’re needed. Finally, patients should go to a physician who is board-certified in both addiction medicine and pain medicine.