What is the Advantage of Interventional Pain Management?
Chronic pain can turn even simple daily tasks into difficult events. When pain is not controlled, it can affect daily living in a lot more ways than just causing discomfort. Pain that is not managed – or is under managed – can be very detrimental to the activities of daily living. Fortunately, the BCS Pain Clinic offers current methods of interventional pain management that can help patients feel well enough to enjoy living once more.
Interventional Pain Management
Sometimes, no matter what conventional methods are used, pain continues to affect how people live. When pain treatments have failed, interventional pain management at the BCS Pain Clinic may be the answer, offering different types pain relief. The basic idea is the same for all of them – stop neurons from relaying pain messages to the brain. By breaking this delivery cycle of messages, many patients can experience pain relief either temporarily or permanently, depending on the type of pain and the specific method used.
Types of Treatment
There are several different kinds of interventional pain management, some of which are listed below.
Nerve Blocks – This is one of the most common methods of interventional pain management that stops the nerves at the pain site from sending messages by temporarily affecting that capability. Injections of pain relieving anesthetics or steroids, laser treatments, nerve freezing or neuroablation can all be used to interrupt a nerve’s functioning, temporarily breaking the pain cycle. These types of treatments may be repeated as necessary and can provide great relief in the management of chronic pain.
Electrical Stimulation – Stimulation of the brain and spinal column in certain areas have proven to create high levels of pain relief in many patients suffering from debilitating, chronic pain. In both cases, through the use of carefully-directed electrical current, pain relief is produced when stimulation interrupts either the nerves in the spine that affect the pain area or the brain’s ability to interpret nerve messages.
Radiation Therapy – Cancer patients with chronic pain uncontrolled by other methods can sometimes get great relief with radiation therapy. It is especially successful with bone cancer, actively growing tumors, and tumors causing pressure on nerves and affecting a patient’s sensation. Pain relief occurs from reduction of the tumor or by stopping the production of pain-inducing chemicals that react with nerves and cause them to send pain messages to the brain.
Intrathecal Pump Implants– Pain pumps are small intrathecal pump implants that can be embedded under a patient’s skin in specific targeted areas such as around the nerves responsible for sending pain messages to the brain. These devices are programmed by a doctor and deliver periodic, ongoing doses of pain-relieving medication right to the source of the pain. This is especially useful for chronic, severe pain such as back and cancer pain that has not responded to other management attempts.
With these and other methods of interventional pain management, it is possible to control even the worst, most treatment-resistant pain so that sufferers may finally have continued relief from whatever condition may be the source of the distress. For anyone experiencing chronic pain that has not responded to more conventional treatments, contact the BCS Pain Clinic for an appointment with experienced pain experts.
Contact BCS Pain Clinic for Help With Many Types of Chronic Pain
Are you facing chronic pain that has not responded to other methods of relief? Call BCS Pain Clinic at 979-764-7246 and set up an appointment to explore the benefits of interventional pain management!