Living with pain due to underlying chronic complications can be challenging, especially since this situation can cause limited productivity. Fortunately, Dr. Clement Yeh recommends interventional pain treatments to relieve chronic pain and get you back on your feet. The following are some of the things you need to know about interventional pain treatment:
What is interventional pain treatment?
The only way to address your chronic pain is to evaluate and correct underlying issues. Interventional pain management involves pain-blocking techniques to relieve chronic symptoms that limit well-being. Regardless of treatment efficacy, your doctor will only recommend interventional pain management if other conservative approaches fail to offer desired outcomes.
Types of interventional pain management
There are various interventional pain treatments that doctors implement. Your doctor must implement patient-centeredness to ensure treatment efficacy. The following are the typical interventional pain management techniques available:
- Nerve blocks
Nerve blocks, also known as nerve blockades, are injections of medicines that block nerve action and thus limit and reduce pain sensations. One of the most common nerve blocks is the one offered to pregnant women to ease childbirth, an epidural. Other nerve blocks cause total loss of feeling and are usually effective for surgical procedures.
- Infusion therapy
Your chronic pain may require long-term clinical attention. Infusion therapy is a pain-free procedure that involves easy administration. Your doctor will evaluate your diagnosis, weight, and genetics to personalize your infusion therapy. Popular infusion types for chronic pain include lidocaine, ketamine, and dexmedetomidine.
Most injections for interventional pain relief include a steroid and numbing agent. Your doctor may leverage imaging technology depending on the area of concern to ensure accurate drug delivery.
- Neuromodulation (Spinal Cord Stimulation)
An initial consultation is necessary to allow your doctor time to explain to you the mechanism of action of neuromodulation. One of the easiest explanations of spinal cord stimulation is the “gate-control” theory of pain which involves the implantation of a neuromodulation device that produces an electric signal that modulates pain transmission in the central nervous system and may cause analgesia.
- Peripheral nerve field stimulation
This pain management technique relies on radio waves to heat affected nerves and thus interrupt pain signals. This treatment is effective for chronic pain, specifically in the lower back, neck, and arthritic joints.
Is interventional pain management right for you?
There are multiple pain treatments available, including traditional approaches that involve the use of oral medications. You may also consider surgical routes to pain relief. Clinicians depend on patent data when developing treatment plans.
An experienced physician should consider critical patient details like diagnosis and medical history before recommending a pain relief approach. For example, an accurate diagnosis will reveal the root cause of your chronic pain and thus help your doctor identify effective management techniques to implement.
Interventional pain management can reduce your pain and optimize your quality of life. Request an appointment at Republic Spine and Pain if your chronic pain limits your well-being to discuss your interventional pain management options.