In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in L A: The Importance of Diagnosis

By | November 5, 2012

Rudolph Virchow the famous 19th century German physician and pathologist helped to popularize Clinical Pathology Conferences at which difficult diagnostic cases were presented. In his day the final correct diagnosis could often only be made at autopsy. With the better diagnostic tests we have today, these conferences often serve as stimulating diagnostic exercises for teachers and students alike, replete with live patients.

Many people view pain management as a field, which is interested primarily in symptomatic or palliative treatment of incurable conditions. While this is an important part of what we do, it is by no means our primary focus. The best pain clinic in Los Angeles would understand that the best results will be obtained by making a diagnosis that others have missed and then instituting specific and hopefully curative treatment. I remember being told over and over again in medical school, that specialists were first and foremost physicians and not practitioners of some exotic cult and that every specialty visit should begin with a general medical examination. Over the next several blogs I will present a recent interesting case that was diagnosed at Schlesinger Pain Centers in the style of a Clinical Pathology Conference and attempt to show the pitfalls of diagnosis and also the pathway to redemption.

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