While traditional pain management is effective in treating some patients’ pain, sometimes over-the-counter medication or prescription medication does not adequately alleviate pain. Interventional pain management is often an excellent alternative. Interventional pain management involves minimally invasive treatment options to relieve acute or chronic pain. These treatments work by interrupting pain signals between nerve endings and the brain.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
MidSouth utilizes a myriad of interventional pain management techniques to treat the root cause of pain. Common treatments include epidural injections used to treat pain by reducing inflammation around nerve roots. These injections treat a variety of conditions affecting the spine, back, neck and upper and lower extremities. Spinal cord stimulators are a useful method MidSouth uses to interrupt pain signals, preventing them from reaching the brain. Another common treatment is radiofrequency ablation application (RFA) which uses heat to destroy a small volume of nerve tissue, eliminating pain signals to the brain. Additionally, joint injections which involve corticosteroid injections can be applied to damaged tissues which are designed to increase mobility while relieving joint pain.
Whether a patient is struggling with arthritis or a recent sports injury,” said Dr. Steven Richey of MidSouth, “interventional pain management can reduce their pain quickly and often without the use of daily pain medication. It is our desire to improve a patient’s quality of life so they can get back to doing what they love most.”
What are the Benefits of Interventional Pain Management?
For patients who struggle with acute or chronic pain, interventional pain management is an ideal solution that often reduces a patient’s pain by as much as 70%. A common benefit of interventional pain management is immediate relief from pain that can last for an extended period of time. For example, an epidural injection can provide pain relief almost instantly and that relief can last for up to several months. Often these injections are given in a series over time, to provide long lasting relief.
Targeted treatment is another benefit of interventional pain management. This approach focuses treatment of the pain at its source, significantly relieving discomfort. Additionally, patients who receive interventional pain treatments are less likely to become addicted to or experience issues related to opioids. Finally, interventional pain management treatments are minimally or non-invasive, meaning they are not high-risk, and they relieve pain in little to no time. The comprehensive team of pain specialists at MidSouth uses the latest techniques to give patients the best possible outcomes. We believe that when it comes to treating pain, surgery should be the last resort.
Who is Interventional Pain Management for?
MidSouth believes interventional pain management is an ideal solution for those with acute or chronic pain seeking effective treatment for relief of pain or discomfort. It is also a great option for those who have tried traditional pain management methods with little to no success.
At MidSouth, we care about treating the root cause of pain and getting our patients back to doing what they love most. If you are interested in discussing interventional pain management as a treatment option, we would love to hear from you. Please visit www.midsouthpaindev.com/schedule-an-appointment/ to schedule an appointment.