For many people who live with chronic pain, it can be difficult to find relief. It can take some trial and error to find the right mix of treatments to combat your pain and help you regain your active life.
We believe in treating pain with conservative measures whenever possible. However, when dealing with some health issues, it becomes necessary to try more aggressive treatments. When this is needed, we offer a range of interventional pain management procedures that will ameliorate your pain and help you get back to full health.
Conditions That May Require Interventional Pain Management
Interventional pain management can be discussed for any patient who is experiencing chronic pain that has not improved with rest, prescription pain medication, physical therapy, or other efforts. Conditions that, in some individuals, can require interventional pain management include:
- Lower back pain. If you have a lower back condition that has been slow to heal or that is causing pain that cannot be handled with medications in pill form, interventional pain management techniques can help.
- Migraines and other chronic headaches. Many people who have not responded to medication can find relief with interventional techniques.
- Neck pain. The neck is an area where many people experience bone or disc issues that can cause chronic pain.
- Muscle or bone pain. Conditions like complex regional pain syndrome and others can often be successfully treated when interventional techniques are used.
Interventional Pain Management Options
We have a range of interventional pain management treatments that can be used individually or in addition to other pain management options. These include:
- Discography - This is a diagnostic technique that is used to discover the source of back pain. A sterile liquid is injected into discs in your spine. If these induce pain, it is a sign that the disc being tested is the source of back pain.
- Epidural steroids - The epidural space is the outer area around your spinal cord. Injecting steroids into this area can speed healing and offer pain relief.
- Facet joint injections - The facet joints around the bones in your spine are often the origin of back pain. When local anesthesia is injected into the facet joints, it can block pain at the source.
- Intradiscal treatments - The discs in your spine provide shock absorption for your spinal column. If you have discs that are irritated, bulging or herniated, this can lead to significant pain. Intradiscal treatments that include electrothermal therapy can provide relief.
- Nucleoplasty - This minimally invasive procedure involves removing tissue from herniated discs. Nucleoplasty can relieve pressure on nerves by the disc to ease pain.
- Joint injections - Injections into the joint can be performed to provide immediate pain relief. This is used as a treatment and also a diagnostic tool.
- Radiofrequency procedures - These procedures use electrical currents to interrupt the pain signals sent between nerves and the brain. The result is the treatment of pain while retaining movement and non-pain sensations.
- SI joint injections - Injections into the sacroiliac joint are performed under X-ray guidance. These injections deliver numbing medication that can provide relief from pain.
Our clinic brings together healthcare professionals from a range of disciplines. We use a combination of techniques to ensure that you are getting the best pain management.
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At Gulf Coast Pain Institute, we believe that you should not have to live in pain. We take your symptoms seriously and work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for your body and your life. Are you suffering from a condition that interferes with your quality of life? Get in touch to make an appointment. We will diagnose the cause of your pain and help you get relief.