Chronic pain patients who have exhausted other treatment methods offered by primary health providers, pain specialists, and therapists of all kinds may benefit from IPM. Moreover, IPM is one of the pain management tools used by a multidisciplinary team of health care providers who work together to provide a full range of treatments for patients with acute or chronic pain.
Interventional pain management is defined by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) as a “discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain-related disorders.” IPM uses minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat painful conditions.
The goal of IPM is to relieve, reduce, or manage pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life. It also strives to help the patient return to their everyday activities as quickly as possible without heavy reliance on medications.
A team of physicians in the PCC Interventional Pain Management clinics perform image-guided procedures such as:
Epidural steroid injections: X-ray-guided injections of low doses of corticosteroids into the source of the pain; it is used to treat pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, upper back, lower back, buttocks, or legs. Local anesthesia or sedation is used to make the patient comfortable.
Medial branch blocks/facet joint injections: X-ray guided injections used to diagnose and treat pain in small joints of the head, neck, upper and lower back, and buttocks. The pain may be from arthritis.
Radiofrequency nerve ablations: X-ray-guided radiofrequency used to disable nerves responsible for back or neck pain selectively. Local anesthesia or sedation is used to make the patient comfortable.
Major joint injections: X-ray or ultra-sound-guided injections of corticosteroids or local anesthetics used to treat pain from many causes, including osteoarthritis. Local anesthesia or sedation is used to make the patient comfortable.