Living without pain is something many of us take for granted in our everyday lives. Pain stops us from doing many activities we love, leading to drastic lifestyle changes and even affecting mental health. Interventional Pain Management uses numerous minimally invasive methods and treatment options to reduce pain to help patients regain an active life free of pain.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), interventional pain management is a “discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain-related disorders.” At the Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute, we utilize a multidisciplinary approach in which a team of specialists works together to provide a full range of treatment options to alleviate chronic and acute pain.
“Interventional Pain Management” is different from “Traditional Pain Management.” Traditional pain management relies largely on the use of opioids or over-the-counter pain medicine, a medicinal way of treating pain that does not address the root of the pain. Interventional pain management focuses on finding the pain generator to treat, giving patients a more secure, longer-lasting relief.
Our Interventional Pain medical team focuses on minimally invasive techniques equipped to diagnose and treat pain with the intent for fast, full recoveries without reliance on medications such as opioids.
Conditions Treated by Interventional Pain Specialists
Interventional Pain Specialists focus on conditions that are regularly correlated with chronic pain.
Common conditions we treat are:
- Neck Pain
- Spinal Compression Fractures
- Kyphosis (Roundback)
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Low Back Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Cervical Stenosis
- Lumbar Stenosis
- Lumbar Disc Herniation
- Cervical Disc Herniation
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Each condition has its origin and symptoms, making the job of an Interventional Pain Specialist much like a detective. However, once the diagnosis is complete, we offer a wide range of viable treatment options for a multitude of conditions.
Such treatments are:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizotomy)
- Platelet Rich Plasma
- Pain Pumps
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Nerve Blocks
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- Lumbar Decompression
- Kyphoplasty (VCF)
The goal of increasing one’s quality of life means surgery should be avoided if possible. With the many prominent, minimally-invasive techniques available, surgery is seen as the last option.
When should you seek an Interventional Pain Specialist?
Interventional Pain Management is a great alternative when conservative, traditional methods are not providing exceptional relief. Pain lasting 12 weeks or more or symptoms of increasing pain should lead you to seek consultation with an interventional pain physician.
Interventional Pain Medicine is a safe alternative to opioid use and can potentially prevent undesired surgical procedures. At the Paley Institute, we promise to give each patient our best attempt at restoring quality of life. From treating specific conditions to curbing the reliance on opioids, there are many benefits to seeking out aid from interventional pain management.
We are equipped with the knowledge and resources to find the underlying causes of pain and manage that pain, and we believe every person should have the quality of life they deserve. Interventional Pain Specialists should be sought after when Traditional Pain Management is falling short of your needs.