Pain management utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain. Your care team includes your primary care provider, a spine specialist, and/or a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Common interventional pain management procedures include, but not limited to:
- Epidural steroid 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.
- Joint injections
- Trigger point injections
- 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. These injections can also provide pain relief.
Other treatments such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle modification (such as exercise, diet, and smoking cessation) may be recommended to further enhance these procedures.
The goals of pain management 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. Pain management also strives to help patients return to their everyday activities quickly and without heavy reliance on medications.