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What Are the Benefits of Interventional Pain Management Over Surgery?

February 28, 2022 | Interventional Pain Management

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Do you have a condition causing acute or chronic pain and are seeking an effective treatment to relieve the discomfort? 

It is important for you to understand that pain can be reduced without surgery in most cases.

Man in office with lower back pain.

While the choice between pain management and surgery depends on a combination of factors, it is considered beneficial to begin with interventional pain management options, as these procedures have the potential to significantly reduce a patient’s pain without the need for surgery. These treatments can even allow you to postpone an inevitable surgery until it is absolutely needed.

The highly qualified team of expert physicians at Advanced Relief Institute provides holistic, comprehensive joint and spinal care through interventional pain management and regenerative therapies to help reduce pain and improve your quality of life. 

The interventional pain management treatment consists of a collection of non-invasive or minimally invasive targeted therapies that interrupt the transmission of pain between your nerve endings and brain.

Benefits of Interventional Pain Management

Other notable benefits of interventional pain management include:

Quick pain relief – Most interventional pain treatments offer fast and lasting pain relief for chronic conditions such as arthritis, spinal stenosis, hip pain, and back pain

For example, an epidural injection provides immediate pain relief that can last for months within a few days of the treatment. Interventional pain management is not a guarantee to “fix” your pain. The goal is to reduce pain (usually up to 70 percent), so you can get back to your normal routines with better comfort.

Targeted treatment – With interventional pain management options, patients receive injections or targeted therapies that address pain symptoms at their source.

Reduced dependence on opioids – Interventional pain treatments reduce the use of opioid-based medications, helping patients avoid addiction and reduce the risk of opioid health issues.

Minimally or non-invasive options – Interventional pain treatment options can help you achieve pain relief with little to no downtime and without the need to undergo high-risk procedures like joint replacement surgery.

What Is Included in an Interventional Pain Management Plan?

Your treatment depends on your specific condition and symptoms. Our team at Advanced Relief Institute will create a personalized approach that may consist of:

Epidurals

Epidural injections are a common treatment option for pain relief by reducing inflammation in and around the nerve roots. The injections are used to treat a variety of painful conditions affecting the spine, back, neck, upper and lower extremities.

Spinal Cord Stimulators

Spinal cord stimulation uses an implanted device to interrupt pain signals and prevent them from reaching the brain. The minimally invasive treatment is considered safe and effective in reducing or eliminating the sensation of pain across multiple parts of the body.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Applications

Radiofrequency ablation uses heat (electric current) to destroy a small volume of nerve tissue, essentially eliminating the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is ideal for chronic pain, especially in the neck, lower back, and arthritic joints.

Joint Injections

Joint injections involve the application of a solution of anesthetic and corticosteroid directly to damaged joint tissue to increase mobility and relieve joint pain due to injury, arthritis, or other causes.

Additionally, other pain management treatments include medications, exercise, physical therapy, and relaxation methods.

Interested in Learning More?

If chronic pain is impacting your life, please get in touch with us today by filling out our online form to schedule a consultation with our specialists or ask questions about some of the additional services we offer.