Chronic pain is extremely common in our world today, and it affects over 100 million Americans. That’s more than those who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. If you are someone who has endured and suffered from chronic pain due to injury, arthritis, and nerve damage, a treatment method known as interventional pain management may be able to help.
The way that each different person handles pain is not always clear and understood. However, if we know the cause of the pain and where it is stemming from, help and relief can be provided more successfully. Since there are so many different types of pain – and different ideas, methods, and doctors that all have ideas for how to best treat it – there is often a struggle to find a pain relief treatment that will work best for you. Many doctors tend to prescribe and apply similar treatment plans to a variety of patients suffering from chronic pain, but regardless of the type of pain you’re in, an interventional pain management doctor understands your pain, and can help.
If you’re in pain, interventional pain management can help you reduce pain and get you back to your life. Practitioners use cutting-edge treatment options along with holistic therapies. For example, a patient may receive nerve blocks or facet joint injections, along with reduced medication doses and physical therapy or chiropractic care to address the root of their pain issue. Practitioners look at the patient as a whole person, rather than just their pain. Because of this, interventional pain management is uniquely situated to help relieve chronic pain symptoms.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management is a subspecialty of the pain management field, with the ultimate goal of helping patients relieve their chronic pain. These specialized pain doctors are trained to treat their patients as a “whole,” and look beyond their pain to come to a treatment plan, suited for their specific need. Methods of treatment include physical therapy, exercise, stretching, steroid injections, etc., to help relieve their pain.
Interventional pain management doctors help a patient relieve their chronic pain, and return back to being active and functioning without disruptions to their daily lifestyle. Instead of relying on medication, these specialists intervene in a more effective manner, by using a vast array of therapies to help diagnose, reduce, and if possible, completely relieve a person’s pain. They aim to help a patient improve their quality of life, regain function, and restore mobility.
There are three steps of interventional pain management:
- Diagnosis: In order to properly treat patients, interventional pain physicians diagnose the issue behind the pain, and gets to the root of the problem.
- Pain reduction: Once the diagnosis has been made, the physician creates a treatment plan, and works to reduce the patient’s pain.
- Pain relief: The ultimate goal of an interventional pain management specialist is creating a successful pain management plan that will relieve the patient’s pain, allowing them to return to a higher quality of life.
Interventional pain management clinics often have multiple different types of practitioners on hand, to help patients tackle their pain, and return to their normal activities as quickly as possible. These pain management physicians include:
- Rheumatologist: Rheumatologists are experts in providing people with nonsurgical treatment methods for joint pain and disorder.
- An acupuncturist: for providing a time-tested alternative pain management measure
- Pain doctors: performs minimally-invasive procedures or injections
- Chiropractors or physical therapists: to resolve musculoskeletal issues and restore mobility and function
By having multiple pain specialists from different fields on staff, a patient has the best possible chance of getting the treatment they need. In other words, collaboration between these different specialists encourages them to find all of the options a patient may need to relieve their chronic back pain.
At Kamerlink Pain Institute, Dr. Kamerlink is an acknowledged expert in pain relieving treatments for many conditions, offering effective treatments designed to help you get the relief you need so you can live your life to the fullest.
If you would like to learn more about interventional pain management, and how we help those suffering from chronic back pain, call Kamerlink Pain Institute at (561) 404-7667 today to request an appointment.