Interventional pain management can be a useful alternative for patients who have exhausted other treatment methods without success. According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), interventional pain management is a "discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain related disorders." Interventional pain medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, in which a team of healthcare professionals works together, to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain.
CHI St. Luke's Health - The Vintage Hospital goal’s for interventional pain management services are to relieve, reduce or manage pain and improve a patient's overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. Interventional pain management also strives to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without significant reliance on medications.
- Epidural injections (in all areas of the spine): the use of anesthetic and steroid medications injected into the epidural space to relieve pain or diagnose a specific condition.
- Nerve, root, and medial branch blocks: injections done to determine if a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain. Blocks also can be used to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Facet joint injections: an injection used to determine if the facet joints are the source of pain, which also can provide pain relief.
- Discography: an "inside" look into the discs to determine if they are the source of a patient's pain. This procedure involves the use of a dye that is injected into a disc and then examined using an X-ray or CT scan.
- Radiofrequency Thermal Coagulation (RFTC): a minimally invasive procedure that disables spinal nerves and prevents them from transmitting pain signals to the brain.
Chronic Pain Conditions
- Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP)
- Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Facet Arthropathy
- Neuropathic Pain
- Compression Fractures
- Neuroma Pain
- Facet Pain
- Sacroiliac Joint Pain
- Peripheral Vascular Diseases
- Post-traumatic Pain
- Work-related and Sports Injuries