What is Interventional Pain Management?

Posted on July 9, 2020

If you suffer from a chronic pain condition, you may have heard the term interventional pain management. Not everyone is familiar with the term, or how it benefits them as a pain sufferer.

Also known as interventional pain medicine, interventional pain management is a medical subspecialty which approaches the treatment of severe or chronic pain using interventions that disrupt the cycle of pain.

A few examples of such interventions include:

  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Treatments
  • Neurostimulation (aka Spinal Cord Stimulation)
  • Joint Fusion
  • Lumbar Indirect Decompression
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Implantable drug delivery systems (such as intrathecal pumps)

Pain management physicians frequently employ cutting-edge treatments in conjunction with various holistic therapies as part of a comprehensive pain reduction strategy. This enables doctors to address not only the patients’ specific pain symptoms, but also facilitates an overall feeling of well-being.

An example of this would be the employment of a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to reduce pain, while physical therapy is used to strengthen the area of the body where the pain originates.

Interventional methods such as these take a multi-pronged approach to treating pain ‘from all angles’, thus increasing the level of success in achieving pain relief.

If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, interventional pain management may be your solution.

This is especially true for those who have tried other treatment methods with no relief. Using the latest, state-of-the-art medical technologies and interventional protocols, pain doctors have helped to effectively relieve suffering for many patients who’d had no success with previously attempted options.

Many painful conditions can be treated using interventional pain management techniques. Here are some of the more common conditions for which these methods have achieved a high level of success for relieving pain:

  • Headaches & migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal disc ruptures
  • Spasticity
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Cervical disorders
  • Back & neck disorders
  • Peripheral nerve and joint disorders
  • Myofascial pain syndrome

When to consult with an interventional pain management physician

When pain lasts for long periods of time, overall quality of life can suffer; everyday activities can become increasingly more challenging, and constant discomfort can have adverse effects on overall emotional and mental well-being.

If pain has been impacting your ability to live a life you enjoy, you don’t have to suffer needlessly; consult with a pain management physician to help you regain a more comfortable quality of living. Because pain doctors specialize in treating chronic pain conditions, they’re more likely to produce an accurate diagnosis and effective relief from your pain than your general or primary care provider may be able to provide.

By utilizing a combination of therapies as part of an overall treatment plan, your interventional pain management specialist will often achieve success in relieving your pain where other methods have fallen short.

Interventional Pain Management for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

At Riverside Pain Physicians, our skilled surgeons and staff help patients find relief from chronic pain using advanced treatment protocols and the most innovative technologies in interventional pain medicine.

Regardless of the source of your discomfort, our expert pain doctors will work with you to find the most effective ways to relieve your individual type of pain so you can regain a more enjoyable quality of life.

To find out how we can help relieve your chronic pain, call Riverside Pain Physicians today at 904.389.1010, or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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