Interventional Pain Management Specialist Florida
Ramos Center, Interventional and Functional Pain Medicine can help you understand more about how pain may be affecting your life. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Bradenton FL, Sarasota FL, Venice FL, Englewood FL, Port Charlotte FL, Dunedin FL, and St. Petersburg, FL to serve you.
Table of Contents:
What is meant by interventional pain management?
What are interventions for pain management?
Do You Need to See an Interventional Pain Specialist?
Who should see an interventional pain management specialist?
Interventional Pain Management is considered to be a sub-specialty of pain management. It is relatively new to medical practice. It is called interventional because we try to identify the cause of the pain and then find ways to interfere or intervene in its radiation. The medical community started to recognize the term “interventional pain management” in the 1990s.
Interventional pain management is a treatment that utilizes pain blocking techniques. This is usually done with a mild kind of invasive technique to get to the root of the pain issue. Various forms of pain-blocking are used, such as implantable drug delivery systems, electrostimulation, nerve blocks or surgery may be used to create pain blocking. Interventional pain management is usually done when pain is severe enough to impact daily activities and when other methods of pain management have failed. Interventional pain management can be used to deal with both acute and chronic pain issues.
There are several different methods that interventional pain management can be done. The kind of treatment that you will receive will depend on what kind of pain you have and what the root cause of the pain is.
The more common interventional pain management tools are:
Nerve Blocks – Pain signals move along the nerves to the brain. Nerve blocks interrupt these signals and provide pain relief. The type of nerve block that is used will depend on your treatment plan. Some procedures may be more invasive than others.
Infusions – Infusions provide a method of getting pain relief drugs into the body. These are most often done for long-term needs. Intrathecal infusions are delivered to the subarachnoid space in the brain. Epidural systems are used in the spinal cord.
Injections – There are several common types of injections such as epidural steroids in sections, trigger joint, and facet joint injections. These injections target different areas of pain. Injections generally are given with a numbing agent and a steroid.
Radiofrequency Ablation – This treatment is used to treat neck and lower back pain, normally if the pain is caused by arthritis. This method uses a radio wave to create an electrical current that is then used to heat nerve tissue. This method limits the pain signals from that area.
Spinal Cord Stimulation – This method is often used for chronic pain by applying gentle electrical stimulation to the source of the pain. Electrical leads are placed close to the spinal cord or column with a tiny generator that emits signals to the spinal column. This blocks the ability of the nerves to send pain signals to the brain.
Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation – This kind of treatment is similar to spinal cord stimulation. It differs in that it is used in other parts of the body. The electrical leads are put close to the source of the pain and work like the spinal cord stimulation in that it blocks the nerve signals.
Interventional pain management may be a good choice for you if traditional or conventional medicine has stopped working or has not worked at all. There are a few things that may help you consider if seeing an interventional pain specialist is the right choice.
Most of the time pain will resolve itself. Sometimes rest and basic over-the-counter pain medications, with a little heat and cold application will reduce the inflammation to help the body heal. If your pain doesn’t improve after a few weeks and it is impacting your daily activities, interventional pain management may be right for you.
If you are having trouble finding the right diagnosis for your pain, an interventional pain specialist can help. It can be hard to properly treat pain if you are not able to pinpoint where it is coming from. Interventional pain specialists are trained to understand where the pain starts and how to diagnose it.
If you want to avoid surgery, this may be a good choice. These measures may help keep you going without having the expense and recovery time that comes with surgery. In addition to injections, interventional pain management can use pain blocking techniques.
If you are dealing with pain that has lasted more than is expected for the kind of injury you have sustained or it has not subsided for more than three months, it is a good idea to see a pain specialist. If you have tried conventional routes and have not been able to stop the pain if you are unsure about what is causing the pain if your daily activities are limited due to the pain, or is it impacting your relationships, a visit to a pain specialist would be very beneficial.
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