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According to the National Institutes of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, and it is the leading reason why Americans access the healthcare system. Typically, people who seek out interventional pain management are experiencing pain from acute or chronic overuse sports injuries and orthopaedic conditions affecting the spine, muscles and joints or sometimes after surgeries. Initial evaluations will involve finding the reason for pain and may include blood chemistry tests, X-rays and/or imaging such as musculoskeletal MRIs, ultrasound, and elecyromyography and nerve conduction studies EMG/NCS.
Comfort and Ease
Interventional Pain Management goes beyond simple medication in order to reduce and if possible, eliminate pain altogether. Often, this can involve a combination of techniques or approaches such as:
Epidural injections. This minimally invasive procedure can help relieve neck, arm, back and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves, with relief lasting several days up to several years.
Fluoroscopically guided injections. With the help of an X-ray, these injections are a common way to treat pain and include cortisone (corticosteroid), hyaluronan and trigger point injections, which can be effective almost immediately.
Medical acupuncture. A classic Chinese method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points. Acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Osteopathic manipulation. A hands-on technique for treating pain through bodily stretching, pressure, traction and other forms of manipulation.
Peripheral nerve blocks. Containing both an analgesic and a steroid to control inflammation, nerve block injections can be inserted at the nerve root of the pain and quiet the sensation for temporary relief.
Radiofrequency ablations. Also called rhizotomy, this technique uses heat to destroy nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain and provides lasting relief for people with arthritis or other forms of chronic pain.
Spinal cord stimulation. This treatment solution typically works well for patients with chronic back, leg or arm pain. A device surgically placed under the skin sends a mild electric current to the spinal cord which modifies and masks pain signals, offering relief without the need for medication.
If pain is interfering with the activities of daily living, seek medical care right away. Contact our interventional pain specialists at Premier Orthopaedics.