Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that adults seek medical care today, with some estimates putting the number of sufferers between 11 and 40% of the population. Pain can affect every aspect of your life, from limiting your mobility and ability to perform even routine daily tasks, to impacting your financial, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. For many people, surgery is not a solution for their pain conditions, but simply living with the intense discomfort isn’t a viable option either. Enter the growing field of pain treatment using minimally invasive procedures and technologies–welcome to Interventional Pain Medicine.
Why Interventional Pain Medicine?
In recent decades, when typical, over the counter interventions weren’t working to relieve pain, many physicians would turn to strong pharmaceuticals or surgery to try helping their patients. Unfortunately, this has led to an epidemic in opioid addiction and overdoses, countless unnecessary surgeries, and a population that is still without relief or improvement. Advancements in pain physiology research have led to an improved understanding of how support the body’s ability to heal itself, and the emergence of a new field of pain management that “intervenes” with the pain signals to the brain to allow for rest and rejuvenation. What interventional pain management options are available?
- Back Bracing can help reduce pain by creating some stability in the core muscles around a displaced spine, to promote healing and avoid further injury.
- Comprehensive modalities like chiropractic care bring alignment and relief to the structures in the back and relieve pinched nerves, restore mobility and rehabilitate muscles. Also, physical therapies identify and improve areas of weakness to maintain alignment and function.
- Radiofrequency Ablation uses radio waves to deliver soothing heat to irritated nerve tissues, disrupting pain signals from the spine to the brain and providing relief.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation involves the delivery of mild electrical stimulation to the nerves along the spine that relay the sensation of pain to the brain. This masks the sensation, providing the mind and body with soothing pain relief.
- Facet Joint Injections deliver a targeted combination of inflammation reducing steroid and pain-relieving anesthetic into the facet joint, to improve a patient’s ability to tolerate pain so they can better engage in rehabilitative physical therapy
- Trigger Point Injections are especially useful when the source of pain is muscular. Injections of saline, anesthetic or corticosteroid into “knots” in muscles can relieve their grip around nerves and other soft tissue structures that leads to pain.
- Alternative healing modalities based on the most advanced discoveries in science are also available to help create an environment of healing within the injured area.
Managing Pain can Help you Manage your Life
How long have you been experiencing pain? Let us help! At B3 Medical, our primary focus is on improving the quality of our patients’ lives, from establishing effective and responsible pain management protocols to developing a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to fix the problem at the source. When seeking your support team, consider meeting the medical professionals at B3 Medical—you have nothing to lose but the pain. Contact us today!