What is Interventional Pain Management?

 

Interventional Pain Management is the discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders principally with the application of interventional techniques in managing subacute, chronic, persistent, and intractable pain, independently or in conjunction with other modalities of treatment.

In pain management, physicians have been frustrated by the lack of diagnostic accuracy of physical exam, imaging and neurodiagnostic testing alone. The ability to accurately diagnose pain-generating structures was as low as 15%. Now, with advancements in diagnostic interventional pain techniques, we may be able to accurately pinpoint your pain to its exact source by temporarily blocking nerve roots, ligaments, joints, muscles or discs. This allows precise localization of painful structures in up to 85% of patients treated, which undoubtedly leads to more a focused treatment plan. Recently, with the explosion of technologic advancements in imaging techniques and pain treatment systems, there now exists a host of minimally invasive outpatient procedures that may effectively manage your 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 medicine.

 

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