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Chronic Pain Management
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Dr. Ackerman has had an extensive successful academic career. He has been on the Editorial Board of two peer reviewed medical journals. He was nominated previously for the Southern Medical Society Medical Re-search Award and the Bristol-Meyers Squibb award for distinguished achievement in Pain Research. He was a past recipient of the prestigious Karl Koeller research grant from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and was selected to "Who's Who in International Medicine." He was the former medical director of pain management and was an associate professor at a university medical center hospital. He has presented his research at national and international medical conferences. He has a strong interest in diversity and the appropriate pain management in different gender, age, race and ethnic groups. In other words, he does not believe that a one size fits all pain approach is appropriate. Dr. Ackerman maintains an active busy private practice. His practice consists of interventional and medical treatment of chronic pain and is considered an expert in Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. He has published chapters in multiple medical textbooks and has published fourteen books including coauthoring and editing the AMA best seller book the AMA Guides to Injury and Disease Causation (First and Second Editions). Pain management can be expensive as most insurance plans do not pay 100%. The patient on the other hand is a consumer. A patient needs to understand what treatments benefit the patient and which only benefit the physician. The only way a patient can accomplish this goal is to understand the cause of the pain and what treatments are medically necessary by reading this book. This book describes the pain source and what treatments are available. If a pain physician recommends an injection etc. the patient should be able to define the potential efficacy of the proposed treatment. This is the goal of this book. A patient needs to realize that modalities such as healthy nutrition, exercise, weight loss and smoking cessation are simple modalities which may reduce one's pain intensity. Therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, regenerative treatments, biofeedback, etc., may also reduce some of pain. Chronic pain will usually not be completely resolved by any modality. The goal of pain management therefore, is pain reduction using a multidisciplinary approach.
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Dr. William E. AckermanIII is a board certified fellowship trained pain management specialist who brings considerable expertise and experience to the medical community. He has over 20 years of clinical medicine experience. He is double-board certified in both Anesthesiology and in Pain Medicine. In the capacity of a medical expert witness, Dr. Ackerman has testified in injury causation, diagnosis, apportionment, reasonable medical care and treatment, need for future medical treatment, permanent damages, functional impairment, negligence, and standard of care issues. Dr. Ackerman was an associate professor at a university hospital and medical director of the chronic pain division. He has authored over 135 scientific articles in prestigious journals such as Anesthesia Analgesia, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management etc. Dr. Ackerman maintains an active busy private practice. His practice consists of interventional and medical treatment of chronic pain. He has published chapters in multiple medical textbooks and has published thirteen books. Dr. Ackerman has expertise in the treatment of a variety of chronic painful conditions including neck and low back pain, intractable neuropathic pain, shingles, joint pain, myofascial pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), cancer-related pain etc., with a multi-modal Evidence Based Medicine approach. Dr. Ackerman has been a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army and Chief of Anesthesiology at two Army medical centers. He has had an extensive successful academic career. He has been on the Editorial Board of two peer reviewed medical journals. He was nominated previously for the Southern Medical Society Medical Research Award and the Bristol-Meyers Squibb award for distinguished achievement in Pain Research. He was a past recipient of the prestigious Karl Koeller research grant from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and was selected to "Who's Who in International Medicine." He has presented his research at national and international medical conferences. He has a strong interest in diversity and the appropriate pain management in different gender, age, race and ethnic groups and does not feel that there is a "one size fits all" approach to the practice of pain management.

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