Dr. De La Torre has been trained in three medical specialties.
Having studied Anesthesiology, Dr. De La Torre has been trained to manage pain and care for the general well-being of patients before, during and after certain medical procedures (such as surgeries). Dr. De La Torre is trained to plan for and provide anesthesia locally, regionally or generally, and reduce the amount of pain felt during operations and similar procedures; Dr. De La Torre is also trained to manage chronic pain.
The medical specialty of anesthesiology encompasses the delivery of total patient care, perioperative care and anesthetics for pain relief in patients - typically those undergoing surgery. Anesthesiologists play a vital role in preparing patients for their operations, relieving any pain that may be felt during surgery and ensuring a safe transition to the post-operative stage. Although anesthesiology is often thought of as just the relief of pain during surgery through anesthesia, anesthesiologists are trained to provide care outside of surgical settings.
When preparing patients for surgery, anesthesiologists will have an initial meeting to create a safe, personalized anesthetic plan for the specific operation, taking many factors into account. During the operation, these physicians will be responsible for the general welfare and critical life function of patients while they are sedated (under anesthesia), monitoring all of the patient’s vital signs and ensuring a smooth surgery.
Aside from their role in and around the operating room, anesthesiologists may also be found in intensive care units (ICUs), treating critically ill patients and assisting in their return to stable condition. Many anesthesiologists are also present in the delivery room during childbirth, caring for both the mother and child. Anesthesiologists will provide pain relief to the mother, while at time same time monitoring the vital signs of both the mother and child to protect critical life functions. Additionally, anesthesiologists may also provide care in pain management settings, diagnosing and treating various conditions that cause pain and providing pain management plans for both chronic and acute conditions.
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Having studied Pain Management, Dr. De La Torre has been trained to create management plans for patients that are suffering from chronic pain, resulting from a wide range of disorders, diseases or complications. Dr. De La Torre will evaluate the patient, perform a variety of diagnostic tests, and then create a comprehensive treatment plan based on the patient's individual and personal needs.
Pain management is an area of medicine devoted to the relief and management of acute and chronic pain caused by a variety of different diseases and injuries. Pain management specialists work to improve the quality of life and day to day living of those who suffer from debilitating, chronic pain. Those suffering from chronic pain are often treated by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners at pain clinics or centers, but may also be treated by other physicians, such as family practitioners.
Pain management clinics are medical centers that provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for patients. These clinics specialize in the treatment of pain and provide associated medical care; patients may be treated in either inpatient or outpatient settings. Pain management clinics often work in conjunction with a patient’s primary care physician, and often employ physicians that specialize in pain such as neurologists, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, physiatrists and psychiatrists, among others.
Pain management specialists can provide variety of different treatment techniques and procedures when trying to alleviate or manage the pain their patients face. These may include trigger point and epidural injections, the prescription of medications such as nerve blocks, surgical implants, bioelectric therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS) or physical therapy, among other treatments. Many patients suffering from chronic pain choose to pursue alternative medical treatments to alleviate pain, such as acupuncture.
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Having studied Sports Medicine, Dr. De La Torre has been trained to provide treatment and prevention plans for those participating in sports-related activities. Dr. De La Torre is trained to treat complications such as muscle tears and strains, concussions, tendon and ligament damage, shin splints, sports hernias, fractures, and a variety of others.
Sports medicine is a medical specialty that encompasses the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of injuries or disorders relating to sports and physical activities. Physicians that practice in the area of sports medicine are often referred to as sports medicine specialists. Many types of physicians can practice sports medicine, including orthopedists, psychiatrists and primary care sports medicine physicians.
When a patient sustains an injury while playing sports, or has a condition that affects their performance in physical activity, they are often referred to a sports medicine specialist who has specialized knowledge in the treatment of these types of injuries. The spectrum of care provided by sports medicine specialists is quite wide – it can encompass injuries such as muscle strains and tears, sprains, dislocations, concussions, injuries to tendons and ligaments, fractures, injuries to cartilage, tendinitis, asthma, overuse injuries, heat-related illnesses and nutritional issues, among others.
Sports medicine specialists may be employed in a wide range of settings. For example, these physicians may provide care as part of a private practice (often as part of an orthopedic practice), where adolescents and young adults who play sports may receive treatment for any injuries they may sustain. In other cases, professional sports teams and colleges may employ a sports medicine specialist full time to care for members of the team both on and off the field. These specialists may also be found providing care in hospitals.
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