Interventional pain management is a “discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders”. Interventional pain medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, in which a team of healthcare professionals works together, to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain.
The goals of interventional pain management are to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques, specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Interventional pain management also strives to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavy reliance on medications.
To determine if you are a suitable candidate for interventional pain management treatment, your physician will administer a series of assessments including diagnostic and imaging tests, a review of your medical history, and a physical exam.
What is the Benefit of Good Interventional Pain Management Services?
Pain management has changed drastically in the last decade. More pain physicians and specialists are offering interventional pain treatments that are geared to stopping pain at the source.
With the opioid crisis and more focus on relieving chronic pain without narcotics, interventional pain management offer a more effective and safer option for long-term chronic pain management. Here are six benefits of using interventional pain treatments:
Stop Pain at the Source
Interventional pain treatments target the source of pain to offer relief. Instead of taking oral medications that impact the entire body and brain, interventional pain treatments use injections or targeted therapies to impact or interrupt the source of pain.
Reduced Use of Opioids
Opioids are effective for relieving pain, but they are also very addictive and dangerous. With the use of interventional pain treatments, patients can use fewer opioid-based medications or completely stop using opioids altogether. This can help patients avoid addiction and reduce risk of opioid health issues or death.
Quick Pain Relief
Many interventional pain treatments can offer fast and effective pain relief for chronic conditions. Some injections provide immediate pain relief or within a few days of the treatment.
Long-Lasting Pain Management
Narcotic pain relievers only last for a few hours, but interventional pain treatments can offer relief for months or longer. A corticosteroid injection can reduce inflammation and pain for months, while treatments like spinal cord stimulation may offer pain relief for years.
Minimally or Non-Invasive Procedures
Most interventional pain treatments are performed through injections or needles, requiring only an outpatient procedure. Interventional pain treatments can replace or delay more invasive, high-risk options like joint replacement surgery.
Safer with Few Side Effects
Most interventional pain treatments are much safer and have fewer possible side effects than narcotics or invasive procedures, like surgery. Many people can use interventional pain treatment for years to control chronic pain without suffering from negative side effects or health issues.