It may be very challenging and tedious to get relaxation for someone suffering from acute pain. Patients usually run from one doctor to another, including primary care, specialists, and therapists. For patients who have tried everything without any results, interventional pain management can be a great opportunity. People suffering from acute spine pain can opt for interventional pain management and endoscopic spine surgery for better outcomes.

Back pain and Interventional Pain Management Treatments

Interventional pain management can be a good option for those who are suffering from acute back pain. Doctors in this field have a variety of treatment options that can be administered as the following

  • Epidural injections — can be administered comprising of steroids and anesthetic medication in the epidural space to lessen the inflammation and pain or to establish a specific condition.
  • Nerve, root, and medial branch blocks– injections may be administered to see if any spinal root is the cause of pain. To lessen the pain and inflammation interventions can also be administered.
  • Facet joint injections are used to rule out if any facet joint is responsible for the pain. These injections can also help lessen pain.
  • Discography — is done to see if the discs are the cause of pain for a person. The process involves using a dye injected into the discs and then examining by the use of an x-ray or CT- scan.
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy (RFN)– is a minimally invasive process that hampers the spinal nerves and stops them from disseminating the pain signals to the brain.
  • Rhizotomy – is a process involving the insertion of heated electrodes applied to specific nerves carrying brain signals to the brain. Thus the pain signals are stopped from going to the brain.
  • Spinal cord stimulation– is a process where electric impulses are used to stop pain from being transmitted into the brain.
  • Intrathecal pumps– are pumps implanted surgically to deliver pain medications to the exact area in the spine of pain.
  • Percutaneous discectomy/ nucleoplasty– a process involving tissue removal from the disc so that the disc is decompressed.
  • Endoscopic spine surgery– Transforaminal and Interlaminar endoscopic surgery is performed where a piece of the disc is taken out using a keyhole cut.

Some other treatment options as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and lifestyle modification such as exercise, diet, weight reduction, and cessation of smoking are also incorporated by the interventional pain management doctors to make the procedure better.