What is Interventional Pain Medicine and Who Practices It?
Interventional pain medicine is a field of medicine encompassing a comprehensive approach to identifying causes of and treatments for chronic painful conditions. Physicians must undergo rigorous training to become board certified in interventional pain medicine.
Typically, a board-certified interventional pain specialist has completed residency training in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, or neurology, and then pursued additional fellowship training to specialize in interventional pain medicine. Interventional pain medicine specialists offer advanced options for resolving chronic pain that practitioners lacking this specialized training typically do not.
Interventional pain specialists thoroughly evaluate each patient’s condition, identify which treatment modalities are most promising for that individual, and formulate a custom pain treatment plan that incorporates a multi-step approach to reduce pain. Examples of the techniques we use to reduce or eliminate pain in our practice include:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Joint Injections
- Coolief radiofrequency ablations
- Regenerative medicine
- Nerve blocks
- Neuromodulation including peripheral and spinal-cord stimulation
- Intrathecal pump therapy or microdosing
- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression (MILD)
As promising cutting-edge pain treatments, therapies, and technologies come to market, our interventional pain medicine specialists at Space City Pain incorporate them into the options we use to help treat chronic pain and improve function and quality of life.
What Conditions are Typically Treated with Interventional Pain Medicine?
Conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints (the musculoskeletal system) and the nerves (neurologic system) are the best candidates for treatment with interventional pain medicine. The interventional pain specialists at Space City Pain Specialists treat hundreds of conditions that cause neck pain, arm pain, leg pain, headaches or migraines, back pain, sciatica, abdominal pain, and neuropathy. Interventional pain medicine doctors treat the underlying cause of patients’ pain, rather than simply provide relief from symptoms.
How Long Does It Take for Patients to Achieve Pain Relief?
Every patient is different. Sometimes, patients achieve relief after just one treatment and return for occasional follow-up. Often, chronic pain treatment plans call for regular, scheduled visits for treatment and to monitor your pain relief progress. When a patient comes in for a consultation, our physicians will explain the duration and frequency of treatments their individual pain treatment plan would likely entail.
Why Should I Choose an Interventional Pain Specialist?
If you suffer from chronic pain, you know how debilitating it can be and how difficult it can be to find relief. At Space City Pain Specialists, we specialize in addressing the root causes of chronic pain. Instead of just treating the symptoms of your pain, we explore deeper to discover why you are experiencing chronic pain. This way, we can decide which specialized treatments to use so you’ll experience longer-term relief. Beyond addressing the cause of your pain, we address your overall health and well-being to achieve our number one goal, which is the same as yours: Improving your quality of life so you can function and enjoy doing what you love to do.