How Does Interventional Pain Management Work?
When pain has had a significant impact on your life, you likely want relief. Fortunately, there are various methods available for managing chronic discomfort, including interventional pain management techniques.
The initial step in interventional pain management is a comprehensive evaluation of your symptoms. This includes taking a medical history, having a physical examination, and having diagnostic testing such as blood tests, X-rays or CT scans done.
Your doctor will conduct an evaluation to identify the source of your discomfort and present various treatment options. They may suggest non-invasive pain management techniques like cold and hot packs, anti-inflammatory lotions and creams, physical therapy or occupational therapy as a possible solution.
If these methods do not provide sufficient relief, you may be referred to an interventional pain specialist. These doctors specialize in managing chronic and intractable pain with minimally invasive treatments.
Interventional pain management procedures such as injectable drugs, nerve blocks, injections of a steroid or anti-inflammatory, and spinal cord stimulation are some common techniques available. While less invasive than surgery or medications, these techniques provide long-lasting pain relief.
Spinal cord stimulation works by stopping the nerves leading to your brain from sending pain signals. Your doctor uses heated electrodes to send electrical pulses directly into your spinal nerves, which may help alleviate pain caused by a herniated disc or degenerative spine condition.
To determine if you are suitable for interventional pain management, speak with one of the specialists at MultiCare. They can work together on creating a tailored treatment plan that provides long-lasting relief and enhances quality of life.