Chronic pain is debilitating, and no one wants to live with it. If you are one of the millions of Americans living with chronic pain, you may be struggling to find an effective solution to relieve pain.
Where traditional methods for pain relief have failed to work, interventional pain procedures come in to save the day. There are a lot of interventional pain procedures that can help you find effective relief from your pain.
So, what are interventional pain procedures, and how do they work?
Interventional Pain Procedures
What makes interventional pain procedures different from traditional pain treatment methods is that they veer away from the heavy reliance on prescription pain medications that offer minimal temporary relief but come with a host of side effects.
Interventional pain physicians use various techniques, such as injections and rhizotomy, to treat chronic headaches, back pain, and muscle, nerve, and bone pain. Interventional pain therapies are typically administered in conjunction with traditional treatment methods for the best outcomes.
Some of the most commonly used interventional pain management techniques are below.
Injections provide immediate pain relief to patients with spinal and joint pain that lasts much longer than oral pain medication. The anti-inflammatory medications or steroids are injected right into the source of pain for instant pain relief. This delivers the much needed relief directly at the source of the pain. Oral pain medications do not do this. Some examples of injections used for pain management are:
- Epidural injections for spinal pain
- Cervical epidural steroid injection
- Lumbar epidural steroid injection
- Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection (selective nerve root block)
- Caudal epidural steroid injection
- Facet joint injections
- Cortisone injections
- Viscosupplementation (HYALGAN®) injections for knee pain (fluoroscopic guided)
- Trigger point injections
During the procedure, the doctor destroys the nerves causing the pain using heat generated by radiofrequency. Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy treats pain that comes from the area of the spine in the lower back. It effectively turns off the median nerve where the pain signals originate from, possibly due to facet joints that are worn out. This procedure can provide lasting pain relief for up to a year.
Intrathecal Pump Implants
This is typically the last resort when injections have failed to produce consistent and satisfying results. The intrathecal pump implant is placed under the skin. The implant delivers a dose of pain medication right to the source of the pain. Intrathecal pump implants work to intercept the pain signals that are being sent to your brain. The scattered pain signals are not potent enough, which means pain is reduced. This treatment offers consistent and long-lasting results because the medication is delivered whenever you need it. The medication is easily refilled every so often when it runs out in the pump implant.
Interventional Pain Management in Washington and Oregon
Are you living life with chronic pain and want to find an effective solution? Do you find that prescription medicine is no longer working? If yes, you may benefit from interventional pain medicine.
The interventional pain management physicians at Lynx Healthcare provide less-invasive pain treatments that can delay the need for surgery. Contact us today at (509) 591-0070 or schedule your appointment online. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you!