The most common procedures for acute cases pain include short bed rest, analgesics, hot/cold compresses, and exercise. This may not always work for chronic pain. In these cases, doctors turn to more interventional techniques.
Interventional pain management is very effective in managing chronic pain symptoms through nerve blocks or facet joint injections. This results in reduced medications for pain. By working with a dedicated pain management team, a patient can receive an overall treatment regimen which may be in a single or multiple sessions and which will ensure the pain levels are reduced to tolerable.
Common Interventional pain management techniques include
The goal of these injections is to reduce inflammation and pain in the nerve roots. These injections are given to patients suffering from disc herniation (Slip Disc) in the back or neck.
Facet joint injections
A practitioner typically uses facet joint injections and medial branch blocks to diagnose the cause and location of your pain. These blocks can be therapeutic or diagnostic to see where the issue lies.
Radiofrequency ablation is a therapy that uses radio waves to create an electrical current. This current delivers heat to targeted nerve tissues in an attempt to reduce chronic pain symptoms that are associated with various conditions. The way the heat is applied to the nerve tissue impairs or destroys the nerves, resulting in a semi-permanent disturbance in the transmission of pain signals from the spinal column to the brain.
Other interventional pain management procedures include
- Injections for KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS
- Spinal cord stimulation, and other neurostimulation approaches
- Trigger point injections
- Shoulder joint therapies
- Trigeminal neuralgia RF ablation
- Adhesiolysis in failed back surgery syndromes
- Disc denervation
- Botox injections for piriformis syndrome
- Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty for vertebral fractures
- Trigger point injections for painful muscle
- Cancer pain therapy
- Chronic pain after Inguinal hernia surgery