Pain—when it’s persistent, debilitating, or intractable—can render even the toughest people unable to find enjoyment in their lives.
Interventional pain management is good news to patients who are still searching for a solution to their pain problems after months or even years of being shuffled back and forth between their primary care physicians and specialists.
If that sounds like you, read on to learn more about this emerging discipline of medicine.
Defining Interventional Pain Management
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) defines interventional pain management as an area of medicine that focuses on the diagnoses and treatment of all types of pain (subacute, persistent, chronic, and intractable) using interventional techniques, either independently or in conjunction with other modalities.
Interventional pain management employs innovative, minimally invasive treatment modalities specifically designed to block the transmission of pain signals along certain neural pathways, thereby providing pain relief while reducing or eliminating the need for invasive surgery or reliance on pain medications.
When to Consider Interventional Pain Management
You may want to try interventional pain management if any of the following circumstances apply to you:
- You have recurring or chronic pain (pain that has lasted beyond three months).
- Your pain has significantly affected your quality of life.
- Conservative treatment options no longer provide adequate relief, and you want to delay or avoid surgery if possible.
- You have had surgery, and you are still experiencing pain.
Interventional Pain Management Techniques
Interventional pain management utilizes a vast variety of modalities. The method your interventional pain management specialist will use will depend on the location and severity of your pain. It could be any of these:
- Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar decompression
- Medial branch blocks
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Sacroiliac injections
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Trigger point injections
- Minimally Invasive Sacroiliac Arthrodesis
Interventional Pain Management Specialist in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, FL
Don’t let pain stop you from living your best life. Visit us here at Advanced Orthopedic Center for a consultation with our highly credentialed interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Lee James.
Dr. James works in tandem with our entire pain management team to provide you with a highly effective and long-term solution for your pain problem. We will perform a thorough evaluation to determine which— from the vast range of interventional pain management options we offer— is the most suitable one for you. As part of our commitment to delivering comprehensive care, we can also provide you with convenient access to therapeutic exercise.