Chronic pain is a complex thing. It may be the result of a degenerative condition or the pain may have persisted even after the injury has healed. Regardless of the reason, pain medicine experts can help you obtain pain relief with non- and minimally invasive treatment options. But before that, you need to know what causes pain and why it is important to see a pain management specialist for pain relief.
What causes pain?
Pain is the result of a signal from the body reaching the pain centers in the brain. When brain interprets this signal as dangerous or unbearable, you experience pain. Chronic pain signals are often constant but the suffering can increase with time. Over time, these neural pathways become stronger, causing more pain and suffering.
What is pain management?
Chronic pain is often the result of degenerative conditions, untreated injuries and nerve damage. Pain management aims to reduce pain by treating the underlying cause of pain, rather than simply the symptoms.
Pain management specialists use a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, minimally invasive interventional treatments and physical therapy and rehabilitation to help the patient obtain lasting pain relief.
What are interventional pain methods?
Interventional pain treatments are minimally invasive methods that target the underlying condition that is the source of pain. They include –
- Steroid joint injections
- Trigger point injections
- Stem cell and PRP injections
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Intrathecal Pump Implants
- Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty treatments
The first step you need to take is to make an appointment with a qualified, experienced pain management specialist for a consultation in which you will be asked to describe the pain and other symptoms you are experiencing. After this, the pain specialist will design and provide a comprehensive pain treatment plan for you.