If you have a condition or injury that is causing you pain, interventional pain management may be the solution to effectively treat the root cause of your symptoms. Interventional pain management uses a variety of different techniques and treatments to directly address the source of your pain.
What Is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as arthritis, back pain, joint pain, and headaches, and migraines. It can be particularly effective for conditions and injuries that cause chronic pain. This type of treatment aims to offer long-lasting pain relief, allowing you to return to your normal activities. Some treatments can also help to prevent the need for invasive surgery in the future. Sometimes, interventional pain management may be used alone, but it can also be used effectively as part of a comprehensive pain management plan, alongside other treatments, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic services
- Regenerative medicine
- Specialized bracing and other durable medical equipment
What Treatments Are Available?
There is a range of sophisticated and evidence-based interventional pain-relieving procedures available, and they can be an effective alternative to surgery. Your condition and severity of symptoms will determine which treatment is best for you.
There are several types of pain-relieving injections that can treat the source of pain. Many injections aim to reduce inflammation and provide long-lasting pain relief. They include:
Epidural steroid injections – a local anesthetic and steroid medication is injected into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Facet joint injections – a type of guided injection that delivers medication (such as a local anesthetic, corticosteroids, or a regenerative medicine product) directly into the facet joints in the spine to reduce pain associated with inflammation in the joint space.
Nerve blocks – a type of guided injection that delivers an anesthetic near problematic nerves to block them from sending pain signals to the brain. They can be used to relieve pain experienced in many areas of the body.
Trigger point injections – used to treat trigger points, which are tight knots in muscles that cause pain. They often occur in the back, neck, and shoulders. Treatment aims to relieve pain and help the affected muscles relax by injecting medications directly into the trigger point.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) – uses a special needle to deliver radio waves to heat and destroy the ends of nerves associated with pain caused by many different conditions. The treatment prevents pain signals from being generated and sent to the brain and offers long-lasting relief.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy – a regenerative medicine that involves extracting and isolating important growth factors and proteins from a small amount of the patient’s blood, then reinjecting it at the site of injury to promote the body’s natural healing process.
Amniotic Fluid-Derived Allografts – a regenerative medicine that uses cells obtained from donated placental tissue. Amniotic fluid injections have growth factor properties to promote healing as well as strong anti-inflammatory effects.
Tendon Sheath and Bursa Injections – can help treat pain associated with tendonitis and bursitis. The injections are often carried out in conjunction with a physical medicine program.
Viscosupplementation Injections – can relieve some types of joint pain associated with degenerative arthritis. The treatment can help restore pain-free movement and prevent the need for joint replacement surgery.
Can Interventional Pain Management Help Me?
Interventional pain management can help to effectively treat pain and inflammation almost anywhere in the body. It has been found to help treat many conditions, including:
- Back and neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Interventional Pain Management in Blue Springs, MO
If you suffer from pain, the compassionate providers at the Core Medical Center are here to help. We will work with you to create a personalized treatment program that brings together the most effective yet least invasive techniques and services from multiple disciplines. Our goal is to provide comprehensive pain relief solutions that are designed to address the root cause of your symptoms.