Managing Pain 1

Q & A with Dr. Kamyar Assil

Anyone who has dealt with recurring or chronic pain understands the importance of obtaining pain relief. And when it comes to pain, Dr. Kamyar Assil, medical director of Conejo Pain Specialists Medical Group, specializes in diagnosing, treating and relieving even the most painful conditions.

“You don’t have to suffer from pain. Your specific pain condition can be addressed and we specialize in diagnosing what kind of pain you are dealing with, pinpointing where it is coming from and then attacking it,” says Assil, a fellowship-trained and subspecialty board-certified pain management physician with more than 20 years of experience.

“I am committed to designing a program that will reduce a patient’s specific pain and its underlying cause, allowing him (or her) to continue to live life to the fullest,” says Assil, who is also the Senior Instructor for the Spine Intervention Society and a visiting advisor professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

Known as a “doctor’s doctor” with a caring and gentle attitude, Assil’s philosophy is to treat all patients in an ethical, compassionate and competent manner while helping to find the root of their pain and put them back on the road to health. He shares some insights on pain management with Conejo Valley Lifestyle and encourages anyone who suffers from a painful condition to seek out a qualified pain management doctor who can help ease their pain.

Q. What is pain management?

A. Pain management, or pain medicine, is a growing medical specialty dedicated to treating acute, sub-acute and chronic pain disorders.

Q. What is the goal of Conejo 
Pain Specialists Medical Group?

A. We are a comprehensive pain medicine practice, with the goal of improving quality of life and helping patients return to everyday activities.

Q. What types of conditions 
do you treat?

A. Typical conditions include neck and back pain, pain from injury, herniated discs, peripheral neuralgia, post-laminectomy syndrome and spinal stenosis.

Q. What is your expertise when 
it comes to managing pain?

A. My expertise is performing precision spine procedures in order to find the cause of pain and formulating an appropriate treatment plan. For example, people often have headaches or pain they’ve dealt with for years and they don’t know the pain originated from the neck.

Q. What is your approach to pain management?

A. Our approach is to listen to the patient. In my experience I can get a lot of information by listening to patients and then asking the right questions. We provide a high standard of advanced care to treat pain, including a thoughtful and thorough review of a patient’s medical history, imaging studies and results of a physical and neurological examination. We design a customized program to reduce specific pain and its cause to improve quality of life.

Q. What makes your practice unique?

A. We have been able to successfully help patients using the above techniques to reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications. Our dedicated staff includes fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians in a community-based practice with an emphasis on quality patient care with a gentle touch. We pride ourselves on using up-to-date, cutting-edge procedures and ensuring our staff members continue their education in order to promote quality care and keep current on advances in the field.

Q. What types of treatment do you recommend?

A. Our treatments are customized to help improve levels of function. Not every patient is appropriate for every treatment. When appropriate, we encourage our patients to participate in conservative treatments (i.e., physical therapy, daily exercise and counseling).

Q. What types of diagnostic methods do you use?

A. History, physical exams, specific spine injections, patient’s report of response to spine injections. We work with your primary care or referring physician to coordinate medications and other aspects of care. When indicated, diagnostic and therapeutic spine procedures are performed with the utmost expertise and gentleness, following strict protocols.

Q. What do you look for in a 
pain management doctor?

A. Pain physicians possess different levels of expertise. Find a pain management doctor who is board certified in pain management and really knows their stuff; they should have advanced or additional fellowship training in the subspecialty of pain management. Do your homework and investigate who you’re going to see. The more trained your doctor is, the better.

To learn more about Dr. Assil and Conejo Pain Specialists Medical Group, call 805.497.8616 or visit