What Is Interventional Pain Management and How Can It Help You?

ByThe Pain Doctors

What Is Interventional Pain Management and How Can It Help You?

Do you have chronic pain?

Chances are good that your answer is “yes.” In fact, there are very few of us who have not endured some form of pain due to injury, arthritis, nerve damage, surgery, and more.

Unfortunately, pain is commonplace in our world today. In fact, according to a 2008 study, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain.

With huge portions of our population spending extended periods of time on computers, and others exerting themselves with more physical labor, there are a number of opportunities to have a run-in with pain, and many different types of pain to be had. In fact, pain affects more U.S. citizens than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

As you can see, pain is a huge issue for many of our neighbors and friends in Baltimore.

Unfortunately, the way to handle that pain is not always clear.

Because there are so many different types of pain and different ideas of how to best treat it, it is often a struggle to find the pain relief treatment that will work best for you. Many doctors will prescribe the same medicine or apply the same treatment plan to all patients, regardless of the type of pain you’re in.

That is where interventional pain management can help.

Today, we are going to go through what this type of pain management is and how people who suffer from any form of pain can benefit from Baltimore interventional pain relief.

What Is Interventional Pain Management?

Many Baltimore pain management clinics rely solely upon medication to relieve patient’s pain. While this may work for some, it does not work for everyone.
In fact, there are some types of pain that cannot be treated by medication alone; thus, the relevancy and importance of interventional pain management.

Interventional pain management in Baltimore serves to help relieve pain through a combination of different therapies to treat a patient’s pain.

3 Steps of Interventional Pain Management

  1. Diagnosis. In order to properly treat patients, the physician must diagnose the issue behind the pain.
  2. Pain reduction. Once the diagnosis has been made, the physician will then work to reduce the patient’s pain.
  3. Pain relief. The ultimate goal is that the physician will create a successful pain management system that will relieve the patient’s pain and allow them to return to a higher quality of life.

Let’s go a bit deeper into these three steps to show interventional pain management’s approach to pain.

What to Expect from an Interventional Pain Management Clinic

Sometimes, intervention pain management can start relieving you pain right away.

Oftentimes, however, the pain cannot be dealt with in just one session and the physician’s pain management skills really come into play.

Interventional pain management involves a variety of treatments that each specialize in managing a patient’s pain in different ways.

Using procedures, such as steroid injections or nerve blocks, interventional pain management specialists provide patients the best treatment available way to relieve (and prevent future) pain. For some, that may mean injections, while for others, it may mean a combination of different treatments to rid of the pain.

3 Common Interventional Pain Management Techniques

Because interventional pain management uses a variety of techniques, clinics offering this type of pain management specialize in a number of areas.
Below are the most common techniques physicians use in interventional pain management.

1. Epidural Steroid Injections

Are you suffering from lower back pain?

It could be caused by a common thing such a strain or posture-related issues, or it could be something more serious.

If you are suffering from great spinal pain, this interventional pain management technique may be just what you need.

Epidural steroid injections work to reduce inflammation (and therefore, pain) in the spine via a steroid injection. The steroid is injected right into the epidural space − the area surrounding the spinal cord and its nerves.

Most patients will feel a great reduction in their pain following an epidural steroid injection, but this typically happens after multiple injections. It usually takes a few times for the pain to really subside and, hopefully, disappear.

2. Facet Joint Injections

Facet joint injections help the muscles in your back to relax. The facet joints are on either side of your spine. The nerves near your facet joints are what transmit pain signals to your brain.

Pain in this area of your back is treated with a different type of steroid than the epidural one. The steroid is injected into your back, allowing the muscles to relax which then allows blood flow to the muscle. When this happens, the toxic metabolites building up in your muscle are able to wash out and thus, relieve your pain.

3. Physical Therapy

While epidural steroid injections and facet join injections at relieving pain fairly quickly, physical therapy often offers lasing pain relief in the long term while also working to prevent future pain issues.

It is also possible that physical therapy could help you avoid from having to undergo surgery to reduce pain.

And, if you do end up having to go under the knife to relieve your pain, physical therapy is often used before surgery to help you prep, and after to ensure the best recovery.

Interventional pain management is ideal for patients suffering from chronic pain to help them have the best pain relief possible. Rather than a predetermined approach to your pain, interventional pain management techniques work to diagnose each patient’s pain on a case-by-case basis, so that the pain relief technique presented to you is one that will actually work for the pain you are experiencing.

Our physicians specialize in a variety of services that work to diagnose, reduce, and relieve your pain. You shouldn’t have to live in pain, and with the help of Complete Pain Care, you won’t have to!

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    3 Comments so far

    Taylor BishopPosted on9:45 am - Sep 5, 2017

    Thanks for helping me understand more about interventional pain management. This article mentioned that there could a combination of different treatments that can help get rid of pain, and went over some common techniques. I’m kind of interested to learn more about some of the other techniques that are used, and for the different types of pain they can help with.

    James WilliamPosted on2:47 am - Dec 18, 2017

    Many thanks for posting article on pain management and how one can deal with it. It really help the patients to overcome the fear of pain during surgery and operation.

    Deb PearlPosted on10:17 am - Feb 16, 2018

    Thank you for all the information about interventional pain management. My mom has chronic pain. and she has been wondering what other treatment options she has available. I’m glad that the ultimate goal of interventional pain management is to help create a successful pain management system that will help the patient. That sounds like it would be great for my mom.

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