What is Interventional Pain Medicine?
Interventional Pain Medicine is a relatively new but growing field that utilizes a variety of procedures such as injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapy to treat painful disorders and injuries Interventional pain physicians are board certified anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in pain medicine. Legitimate pain management practices do NOT routinely prescribe narcotics. Interventional pain care patients are given a thorough evaluation to determine the source of their pain, and medically-responsible treatment plans are tailored for each patient. If medication is prescribed, patients are educated on its use and required to agree to strict guidelines. Your family physician or physician specialist can refer you to a legitimate Interventional Pain Specialist.
Procedures and Treatment Options
The type of treatment options recommended by our interventional pain specialists is based on the location, source and severity of the pain. We first use technologically advanced equipment to diagnose the source of your pain. We then customize a goal-oriented treatment plan focused on your timely and safe return to an active lifestyle.
Major Joint Injections (Knee, Hip, Shoulder)
Joint injections are minimally invasive procedures performed either under live X-Ray or ultrasound guidance to treat pain resulting from various causes, including osteoarthritis. Medications such as corticosteroids, local anesthetics, or hyaluronan (i.e. Synvisc, Hyalgan, etc.) are injected directly into the source of the pain to provide relief from mild
to moderate osteoarthritis.
Medial Branch Blocks / Facet Joint Injections
Medial Branch Blocks and Facet Joint Injections are minimally invasive procedures performed under live X-Ray guidance that are used to diagnose and treat pain arising from the small joints of the spine (facet joints). Diseases of these joints can produce pain in the neck, upper and lower back, and buttocks. Just like any other joint in the body (such as the knee or elbow) these joints may be acutely injured or produce chronic pain due to conditions such as arthritis. Medial Branch Blocks and Facet Joint Injections deliver low doses of long-lasting corticosteroids and local anesthetics directly to the source of the pain to alleviate discomfort.
Epidural Steroid Injections
An Epidural Steroid Injection is a minimally invasive procedure performed under live X-Ray guidance that is used to treat pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, upper and lower back, buttocks, and legs that results from irritation of spinal nerve roots. A variety of conditions such as herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can cause a stenosis (narrowing) of the openings through which nerves exit the spine, which can be irritating to the nerves. By injecting low doses of long-lasting corticosteroids (potent anti-inflammatory pain medications) targeted directly to the source of the pain (instead of much larger oral or intravenous doses) this inflammation can be decreased, providing pain relief.
If you have questions about the interventional pain management treatments that we offer at Pines Spine & Joint please call us today. Today is a great day to take your life back!