Interventional Pain Management

Certain forms of acute and chronic pain can be treated or improved with surgery and interventions. The amount of relief and how long it lasts will depend on the source of the pain and can vary person-to-person. There are risks and benefits to every procedure and requires discussion with your doctor.


Discuss these with your doctor
  • Interventional pain management, or interventional pain medicine, is a medical subspecialty of pain medicine that diagnoses and treats pain with minimally invasive interventions that can alleviate pain and minimize the use of oral medications. Most interventional pain physicians offer interventional therapies for acute and chronic pain conditions as part of a comprehensive treatment program.170  (From Best Practices in Pain)
  • Interventions are possible for pain in the back, shoulder, hips, legs, neck, and even for headaches. Therapies can involve injections of steroids into the area causing pain to relieve its inflammation that can be caused by osteoarthritis of the joint, or post-surgical changes. For some joints such as the knee or in the back, it is possible to destroy the nerve to disrupt the conduction of pain.
  • New technologies are constantly developed to target the transmission of pain such a spinal cord stimulators or peripheral nerve stimulators.




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