Interventional pain management services offered by the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois connects patients with comprehensive, tailored pain management care. Our multidisciplinary approach is the solution for individuals living with debilitating chronic pain and for those whose pain has not been responsive to other techniques.
Interventional pain management places emphasis on improving the chronic pain patient’s quality of life. We acheive this goal by using interventional treatments and therapies to relieve and reduce pain and manage the patient’s condition.
Conditions Treated By Interventional Pain Management
Patients seek pain management for various reasons. We specialize in treatments that focus on the source of the pain. Some common complaints of the patients we see are:
- Chronic headaches
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain, such as shoulder, knee, and wrist
- Muscle pain
- Pain associated with cancer
Our patients often come to us after trying several other treatment methods with little to no success. Pervasive, hard to treat pain may not respond to traditional treatments such as over-the-counter and prescription pain medications and physical therapy. Not all conditions are suited for an interventional pain management approach, however. Consult with your doctor if you would like to find out if interventional pain management is an option for you.
Interventional Pain Management Procedures
Pain is a complex issue, and the cause of the pain will inform your interventional treatment approach. Your orthopaedic doctor will design a care plan best suited to your unique case. There are a host of treatments that are used. Some of the common treatments are described below.
Injections and Nerve Blocks
A nerve block is a type of injection applied directly to the location of the nerve that is causing pain. The injection deliberately damages the nerve and interupts its ability to transmit the pain signal throughout your body and to your brain.
Injections of medications such as steroids can provide pain relief and treat inflammation and may also be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the source of the pain. Common injections include the epidural spine injection, facet join injections, and sacroiliac joint injections.
Pain signals can be effectively “turned off” temporarily by applying heated electrodes to targeted nerves. It can block pain for six to twelve months, during which time the patient will typically undergo supplimental treatments such as physical therapy.
Electrical leads are implanted within the body to send electrical impulses directly to the spinal cord, nerves, or brain. The impulses work to block pain transmition.
Additional techniques may be used depending on your needs and condition. Your orthopaedic doctor will seek a complete understanding of your pain and treatment history before recommending any treatment or procedure. They will always discuss the benefits and potential risks of any procedure prior to administering any treatment.
Our Pain Management Program
Our interventional pain management techniques are widely effective and minimally invasive. When your pain is such that it impacts your enjoyment of life and ability to function, something must be done. By coming to the Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois, you will have access to the most skilled doctors and physicians who are practiced in the most powerful and effective interventional pain management treatments, with a treatment plan will maximize relief and minimize impact.