Careful attention to pain management is critical because the cause of pain is often difficult to diagnose. Interventional pain management can help those suffering from chronic pain who have not found relief from other pain management procedures. Now, more than ever, it is vital to have a physician with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary to treat chronic pain.
Pain management focuses on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating pain. Pain can result from an injury, nerve damage, diabetes, surgery, and more. And sometimes, there may be pain without an apparent cause.
Interventional Pain Management in Lakeland, Florida
The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) defines interventional pain management as a discipline of medicine specializing in diagnosing and treating pain-related disorders. Interventional pain medicine uses healthcare professionals to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic or acute pain.
The goal of interventional pain management is to relieve or manage pain to help improve the patient’s overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques. The typical candidates for interventional pain management are patients who have failed to find pain relief with conservative (non-interventional) therapies.
Careful attention to pain management is critical to recovery from an illness or accident. Chronic pain, if left untreated, can lead to difficulty performing normal daily activities. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat chronic pain.
Interventional Pain Management Procedures
Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive techniques such as nerve blocks or implantable drug delivery systems. Some of the more common interventional procedures include:
Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation uses radiofrequency waves to heat and destroy nerve tissue to reduce pain signals. With the help of X-ray guidance, radiofrequency nerve ablation delivers precisely controlled heat to temporarily and selectively disable nerves identified as being responsible for pain.
Discography is a way to view the interior material of spinal discs to determine if they are the source of pain.
Percutaneous Discectomy/Nucleoplasty is a procedure to remove tissue from the spinal disc to decompress and relieve pressure.
Injections. Steroid injections can help ease pain by reducing inflammation. Commonly administered injections are muscle and joint injections. Additionally, facet joint, trigger point, and epidural injections can help relieve pain resulting from osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Nerve root and medial branch blocks help relieve pain by interrupting nerve-to-brain signals. The block can also help reduce inflammation. Sometimes a block is used as a diagnostic tool.
Rhizotomy is a procedure using heated electrodes to disable pain signals from specific nerves.
Spinal Cord Stimulation is the application of an electrical current to the source of pain via a tiny, implanted medical device. The electrical signals block the brain’s ability to perceive pain signals.
Conditions Treated with Interventional Pain Management
Some of the pain conditions and disorders interventional pain management treats include:
Dr. Benito Torres is the founder of Novus Spine & Pain Center, the premier interventional pain management clinic in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Torres graduated with honors from the Ohio University of Osteo Medicine in 2005, after completing his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Toledo, followed by an ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited 2-year Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Torres is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of South Florida Department of Neurology. His extensive training and background give Dr. Torres a unique perspective on diagnosing and treating pain, making Novus Spine & Pain Center a leader in pain management.
Novus Spine & Pain Center uses a comprehensive approach and cutting-edge therapies to work with patients to restore function and regain an active lifestyle while minimizing the need for opiates.