INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES
The purpose of interventional pain management is to provide relief of painful symptoms originating from irreversible conditions of the spine without ingesting medications that could have adverse side effects. Interventional pain management uses a series of therapeutic injections to very specific areas of the spine to alleviate pain that would otherwise interfere with daily life.
Using the most advanced technologies and corticosteroid solutions, our pain management doctor is able to care for the spine alone, alleviating pain for long periods of time without altering any other area of the body. There are various types of minimally invasive injections useful in treating a range of specifically diagnosed medical conditions.
Diagnosing the exact origin of pain is essential in successful interventional pain management treatment. In most cases, the first injection serves as a diagnostic test to ensure that the area the physician determined as problematic is indeed the source of pain.
A physician will first ask a series of background questions that will include where the pain is, when it started, lifestyle activities, and past medical conditions. Imaging, either an x-ray or MRI, is frequently used to determine if there is any structural damage to the spine, such as herniated discs, arthritis of facet or sacroiliac joints, or areas where nerve roots may be compressed.
Since pain often radiates to other areas of the body when nerve roots are injured, it may sometimes be difficult to determine the exact spot or nerve in which the injection would be most effective. The first injection acts as a trial. If pain is alleviated a significant amount soon after the procedure, then it can be safely determined that the nerve or joint is the source of pain. Further treatment can then be planned on a more regular basis depending on how much relief the patient feels.
CONDITIONS TYPICALLY TREATED WITH INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT
Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc/Torn Disc
Degenerative Disc Disease
Lumbar Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
We have a number of medical specialties ranging from the Department of Urology to the Department of Orthopedics Sports Medicine.
Each specialty is led by at least one expert physician who is qualified and skilled in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions that affect each medical specialty.