Dr. Akhtar Purvez is now seeing patients at the Pain and Spine Center of Charlottesville.
He is a highly qualified and experienced interventional pain physician who trained in Head & Neck Surgery in India, in Anesthesiology at Boston University and in Pain Medicine at the University of Virginia. Dr. Purvez is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine, the American Board of Anesthesiology in Pain Medicine, and the American Board of Disability Analysts. He has been in pain practice since 2002.
He has been a member of American Society of Interventional Pain Physician (ASIPP), Spine Intervention Society (SIS) and American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain medicine (ASRA)
Dr. Purvez has been involved in training physician assistants, medical students, residents, fellows and other physicians. He was Adjunct Clinical Professor at Lincoln Memorial University, TN and writes, lectures and speaks on radio and TV about pain related issues. He supports pain advocacy, pain policy, training and research.
His new self-help book on pain is under publication.
Awarded for best bed side manners and rated high at physician review sites, he has been the recipient of many awards including the following* : Patient’s Choice Award (2013-14); Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013); Top 10 Doctor – State (2014) Virginia, Pain Medicine; Top 10 Doctor- Metro Area (2014) Washington Metro Area, Pain Medicine.
He was also awarded Medical Society of Virginia, Physician leader Recognition (2013).
Dr. Purvez believes in partnering up with his patients and their families to come up with, and follow up on, a multi-modality treatment plan for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions.
His special interests, among others, include chronic upper and lower back pain, shingles pain, RSD/CRPS, radiculopathy, neuropathy, occipital neuralgia and other headaches, chronic pelvic and abdominal pain, and fibromyalgia.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, you have the right to fight it. Call us today at 434.328.2774 to make an appointment to discuss options to help you get your function, and life back.
As a nation, we are facing an unprecedented opioid crisis that is killing more than 65,000 people a year. It is destroying our families and decimating our neighborhoods. And it is costing us billions. As more and more people are dealing with chronic pain, and as the opioid crisis reaches epic proportions, alternative approaches to understanding pain and its management are necessary.
Here, Dr. Akhtar Purvez, a seasoned researcher, pain specialist, and pain advocate, offers basic information about pain and pain conditions and considers how we approach pain from cultural, biological, and medical perspectives. He discusses the latest minimally invasive, interventional approaches like nerve blocks and ablation procedures, and neuromodulation techniques like peripheral nerve, spinal cord, and brain stimulation. The uses of marijuana and associated interventions is reviewed, and Purvez walks readers through the process of assessing pain, finding a doctor who can treat it, and methods for coping with pain through non-medical approaches like meditation. Anyone coping with pain or helping someone who is will find here a ready resource that offers hope and understanding.