Interventional Pain Management
About Interventional Pain Management
Interventional pain management is a discipline of pain management specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain and related disorders. This minimally invasive procedure can be used to treat chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, malignancy, stenosis, and numerous other related pain disorders.
This multi-topic discipline works by allowing a team of physicians to cooperatively offer a full range of treatments. The most common procedure is the use and application of nerve blocking agents to diagnose and relieve pain.
Interventional Pain Management Treatment Options
1. Cervical & Lumbar Discography
A discography is a diagnostic procedure that helps a physician locate the source of chronic, severe low back pain. The test allows a physician to explore whether your pain is a result of a damaged disc(s). During the procedure, a physician will inject dye mixed with antibiotic into a patient’s disc(s) using a needle. If the injection reproduces the patient’s symptoms of pain, the disc(s) is the source of the pain. If the symptoms are not reproduced, the disc(s) is not the source of pain. In addition, the injection will help identify leakage (a sign of spinal disc herniation) or other problems with the spine.
2. Epidural Steroid Injections — The injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space reduces the inflammation of nerves, thus reducing pain. Find out more about epidural steroid injections.
3. Sacroiliac Joint Injection — Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections are typically utilized to diagnose and treat arthritis in the SI joint, as well as lower back pain, sciatica pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction. During the injection, local anesthetic is applied to the sacroiliac joint. This numbs the nerves in area surrounding the SI joint and allows the physician to target the source of pain. In addition, subsequent corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation of the SI joint and to help relieve symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
4. Facet Injections — Every vertebra in your spine has a facet joint, which helps limit rotational movement. Over time, these joints can deteriorate and may result in moderate to severe pain. Advanced Pain Care offers cervical & lumbar facet joint injections for the management and diagnosis of pain associated with damaged or degenerated facet joints.
5. Radiofrequency Ablation — At Advanced Pain Care, we offer radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic back pain associated with the medial branch nerves. Visit our treatment page for more information on radiofrequency abalation.
6. Sympathetic Nerve Block — The sympathetic nerves are a network of nerves which spread across the spine. The sympathetic nerves control numerous unconscious functions including blood flow, sweating and even digestion. It is thought that these nerves may be associated with pain disorders that have lingering symptoms, such as phantom pain. Sympathetic nerve blocks effectively target the source of pain and help provide insight for future treatments.
Advanced Pain Care offers a wide range of interventional pain management treatment options in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Waco. One of our doctors can discuss treatment options following a consultation. Call us at 512- 244-4272 or make an appointment online to find out if interventional pain management is right for you.