Interventional Pain Management

Interventional pain management involves special procedures to treat and manage pain. "Interventional" procedures might include an injection of an anesthetic medicine or steroid around nerves, tendons, joints or muscles; spinal cord stimulation; insertion of a drug delivery system; or a procedure with radio-frequency ablation or cryoablation to stop a nerve from working for a long period of time. These techniques may help patients:

  • Reduce the amount of time pain is experienced and its severity
  • Allow for an increase in activities at home and work
  • Overcome isolation
  • Learn new skills for coping with pain
  • Determine ways to end sleep problems
  • Improve the quality of life
  • Rehabilitate

Conditions Treated

Patients needing interventional pain management services suffer distress and discomfort caused by a variety of conditions and disorders, including:

  • Chronic low back and neck pain
  • Chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic head, mouth and face pain
  • Postsurgical procedures
  • Malignancy
  • Post-traumatic pain syndrome
  • Muscle and/or bone pain

Invasive Treatments

The Pain Center offers a variety of treatments, including:

  • Epidural injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and caudal)
  • Selective epidural and root blocks (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral)
  • Facet injections and medical branch blocks (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
  • Sympathetic blocks (stellate ganglion, thoracic, lumbar and hypogastric)
  • Discography
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency denervation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Neurolytics of celiac plexus and cancer pain
  • Intrathecal and epidural infusion systems

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