In exploring your therapeutic options for chronic pain, you may come across the term “interventional pain management specialist” and wonder what the difference is between that and a pain management doctor. Are they different or synonymous?
As its name implies, pain management is a branch of medicine that provides treatment for a wide variety of conditions that can cause pain. However, pain management can be simple or complex, depending on what causes the pain.
For example, a herniated disc may be considered a less complex cause of pain because it can often be alleviated with a steroid injection or physical therapy. But when a person’s pain is persistent and rises to overwhelming or unbearable levels, interventional pain management comes into play.
These overwhelming levels of pain can result from chronic and/or degenerative conditions, such as lupus, spinal stenosis, sciatica, or facet joint pain. This extreme pain must be addressed with treatments that go beyond the usual medication or therapeutic treatments.
What Is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management is a subspecialty of pain management medicine. This area of medical practice focuses on a whole range of pain-blocking techniques, rather than just managing pain.
Pain-blocking techniques which are “interventional” may require invasive treatment in the form of:
- Facet joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Neuroaugmentation (interrupting the flow of pain signal)
- Radiofrequency ablation or laser procedures
- Spinal cord, peripheral nerve, or dorsal root ganglion stimulation
- Vertebroplasty for fractures, among other special treatments
Conditions Treated by Our Medical Specialists
In addition to addressing spinal pain, an interventional pain management specialist is specially trained to treat a wide variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal pain throughout your body. These areas of pain may be caused by arthritis, peripheral nerve disorder, neuropathy, myofascial pain syndrome, and migraines and headaches.
Other conditions that can cause pain, such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, shingles, post-surgical wounds, post-stroke healing, and pelvic/urogenital issues can also be addressed by an interventional pain management specialist.
Whether your pain is the result of a traumatic injury or age-related degenerative disease, an interventional pain management specialist can determine the best course of therapy and treatments. Our specialized physicians focus on utilizing approaches that provide relief without the use of potentially harmful or addictive prescription medications – which, unfortunately, is not the case with many other pain management specialists.
Pain Management Specialists in Boca Raton
If severe pain is preventing you from enjoying your life to the fullest and conservative treatment measures haven’t helped to alleviate your pain, it may be time to see an interventional pain management specialist.
At Kamerlink Pain Institute, we offer exceptionally effective interventional pain management treatments, including minimally invasive procedures designed to help you get the relief you need – so you can get back to participating in the activities you love.
To learn more about our services and find out how we can help you, contact our friendly staff at Kamerlink Pain Institute. Please call our office in Boca Raton today at (561) 404-7667 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kamerlink. We welcome your call and look forward to serving you.