Treatment Options in Interventional Pain Management

Living with chronic or acute pain can be difficult. Ventures that were once easy to pursue may become impossible because of immense pain. To alleviate the pain, your interventional pain specialist in Eugene, OR provides a wide variety of treatments for acute pain including neuromodulation, steroid injections, kyphoplasty, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, and peripheral nerve field stimulation.

Interventional pain management

Interventional pain management is a technique that uses a multi-disciplinary approach to pain to give the best results to patients. Medications such as painkillers may be administered to treat chronic pain, but these may not offer long-lasting results. They are also significantly stronger and potentially addictive. At Pacific Sports and Spine, your specialist will address the root of your pain using interventional pain management.

Conditions that can be treated using interventional pain management

This treatment is efficient for different kinds of pain. It is, however, used to treat neuromuscular disorders. These are disorders that affect your common tissues, joints, muscles, nerves, and bones. Examples of neuromuscular disorders are:

  •  Neuropathic pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint syndrome

Treatment methods used in interventional pain management

Infusion

For infusions, pain-relieving drugs are directly administered inside your body. There are two types of infusions, Intrathecal and epidural infusions. Intrathecal is infused in the subarachnoid in the brain, while the epidural is infused in the spinal cord. Infusions are more invasive than injections.

Steroid injections

Injections involve the use of local anesthetic and steroids, which are used on joints. There are different types of injections that include trigger joint injections, facet joint injections, and epidural steroid injections. These are injected into different parts of your body. An anesthetic will be used to cause temporal numbing in your joints and the steroids prevent irritation and reduce pain.

Neuromodulation and Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is commonly used for pain caused by arthritis, back, and neck pain. In this treatment, radio waves are used to produce electric currents, which produce heat that gets rid of the painful nerves in your body. In neuromodulation, an implant with electrical stimulation is placed on your body. Electrical pulses will be sent directly to the area affected by pain. It can be used for conditions that affect the spine including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.

Spinal cord stimulation

This involves the application of electrical currents on the pain spot. Many nerves are located in your spinal area. Pain signals travel to your brain through the nerves. A signal generator will be skillfully placed inside your abdominal area to emit electrical signals into your spinal area. This blocks the brain from sensing pain from the nerves.

Regenerative medicine

This advanced treatment method is used to repair or replace organs, tissues, and cells that are damaged. Regenerative medicine involves procedures such as stem cell treatments, prolotherapy, cartilage regeneration, and platelet-rich plasma therapy.

If you are having chronic pain, contact the advanced specialists at Pacific Sports and Spine to book a session and be on the right path to a pain-free life.

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