Interventional Pain Management Clinic in Houston and Sugar Land, TX
Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive procedures to evaluate and address painful disorders to relieve, lessen, or control pain and enhance a patient’s overall quality of life. Let’s relieve your pain and start a happier and healthier life. Contact Modern Pain Management, where our interventional pain management specialists will help you feel better. We have convenient locations to serve you in Houston TX and Sugar Land TX. For more information, please contact us or book an appointment online.
Table of Contents:
What is the difference between pain management and interventional pain management?
What interventions are part of pain management?
What are interventional injections?
When do you need to see an interventional pain specialist?
Interventional pain management is a new approach to managing acute and chronic pain. There are some differences between traditional pain management and interventional pain management. These differences may be just what you need to move toward a life that is more fulfilling. Interventional pain management is a multidisciplinary approach. A team of healthcare providers works together to offer a range of treatments to help people deal with their pain issues.
Traditional pain management is the current common practice in the treatment of pain. Traditional pain management includes medications like opioids and over-the-counter medications to deal with pain flare-ups. Traditional methods may also include hot and cold therapies and possibly medical marijuana. Basically, traditional methods do not invade the body to alleviate pain. It tends to treat the pain and may not treat the root cause of the pain.
Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive techniques to deal with the pain cycle. The focus of interventional pain management is to block the pain from emitting through the body by using a minor invasive method at the source of the pain generation. This is a very good treatment for chronic and acute pain and has been found to work on complex types of pain.
Interventional pain management specialists use a variety of treatments to alleviate pain. These can include epidural injections, injections to the nerve, root, or medial branch blocks to find out if a specific nerve is the root cause of the pain.
• Facet joint injections determine if a joint is the source of the pain.
• Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy is a procedure that prevents nerves from transmitting pain signals.
• Rhizotomy is a procedure that essentially turns off pain signals. It is a system of heated electrodes when applied to specific nerves stops pain signals to the brain.
• Spinal cord stimulation uses electrical impulses that block pain signals.
• Intrathecal pumps are surgically implanted and deliver pain medications to the location where the pain is originating.
• Percutaneous Discectomy/Nucleoplasty is a treatment where tissue is removed from a disc to alleviate the pressure that is causing pain.
Interventional pain management will often include physical and/or occupational therapy, lifestyle modifications, and maybe even psychiatric help to enhance pain management.
Interventional injections are used to alleviate pain through different actions. These can offer short-term or long-term relief.
• Epidural Steroid Injections are used primarily for neck, shoulder back, arm, and leg pain. This is a steroid injection that helps reduce inflammation.
• Medial Branch Blocks and Facet Joint Injections are used to diagnose and treat the pain that comes from the small joints in the spine. They include steroids and anesthetics to reduce the pain.
• Major Joint Injections are done for a wide range of causes, including osteoarthritis. Injecting steroids and local anesthetics of hyaluronan at the point of the pain.
• Occipital Nerve Blocks are aimed at treating headaches and migraines.
• Sacroiliac Joint Block Injections are used mainly to diagnose and treat lower back pain. This is the injection of a numbing agent and steroid into the Sacroiliac Joint.
Selective nerve root blocks are used to identify the source of nerve pain that emits from the neck down to the shoulders, arms, and hands.
Most often people will go to an interventional pain specialist when other traditional pain management treatments haven’t been successful. If you are having trouble finding the source of the pain, an interventional pain specialist may be able to diagnose the cause of the pain. It may also be possible for you to address the pain without surgery, depending on the pain and its cause; or, if you have had surgery and the pain continues after a period of time when the healing process has been considered done. An interventional specialist can approach and treat pain in a number of different ways that traditional treatment may not.
If you live in the Houston and Sugar Land area, Intervention Pain Management Clinic can help you live a more pain-free life. Give the caring and professional staff a call to find out what we can do to help you live a more vigorous and fulfilling life. We serve patients from Houston TX, Sugar Land TX, Pearland TX, Jersey Village TX, Missouri City TX, Stafford TX, and Richmond TX.