Diagnosis & Procedures
Interventional Pain Medicine
Pain resolution for chronic pain sufferers can be a difficult and daunting task. For many patients, finding a practitioner who understands their needs can be very frustrating. Many have been shuffled between emergency room physicians, primary care physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and other specialists. Interventional pain medicine provides an avenue for patients who have not responded to other treatment methods.
What is Interventional Pain Medicine?
Interventional pain medicine is a medical sub-specialty that uses injections and minimally invasive techniques in order to diagnose and treat painful conditions. The goals are to focus on pain management and to improve the patient’s quality of life by using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat the patient. For the patient’s benefit, the emphasis is on a minimal reliance on medication, whenever possible. This method involves a team of professionals working together to provide a multidisciplinary approach to patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain, to provide the best result possible for their pain management.
What brought Interventional Pain Medicine about?
Surgery is not only irreversible, but it has a high potential for failure. Therefore, both physicians and patients have long sought out less invasive and risky alternatives.
How long has Interventional Pain Medicine been in use?
Interventional pain medicine is considered to date back to 1901, when the first epidural was performed to treat sciatic pain. Today, there are numerous minimally invasive outpatient procedures that may effectively manage your pain. These were made possible by technological advancements in imaging techniques and pain treatment systems.
How effective is Interventional Pain Medicine?
Advances in diagnostic interventional pain techniques permit physicians to pinpoint the source of pain, which optimizes the potential for a positive outcome in 85% of the patients we treat. This specificity permits a more focused treatment plan for those patients.
What other steps does APM Spine & Sports recommend?
Exercise, physical therapy, and medication are used, along with minimally invasive procedures, to effectively diagnose, treat, and manage your pain. The many treatment options we offer include:
- Epidural blocks
- Selective nerve root blocks
- SI and facet joint injections
- Proliferative therapy
- PRP (Platelet rich plasma) injections
- Radio frequency denervation
- Trigger point injections
- Spinal Cord Stimulator (Dorsal Column Stimulator)
- Racz procedure (Epidural neurolysis)
- Automated percuntaneous disc decompressions