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Interventional Pain Procedures

Interventional Pain Procedures

What are Interventional Pain Procedures

AZ Pain Clinic offers interventional pain procedures that utilize special procedures for the management and treatment of pain. “Interventional” procedures might include injections of an anti-inflammatory, a homeopathic substance, or an anesthetic to treat nerves, tendons, joints or muscle pain. It involves insertion of a drug into a specific area of the body or the area to which there is radiation of pain. Interventional pain procedures reduce the severity of pain and lost time form work, and avoid productivity interruption. Reducing pain allows for early normalcy in activities, helps the patient sleep, rehabilitate, and generally return to normal life activities, functionality, improving the quality of life, avoid more complex types of pain syndromes, and avoid the untoward effects of chronic annoying pain.

Pain management can involve a single procedure or a series of well studied and systematic procedures. For example, nerve root irritation from a herniated disc with pain radiating down the leg can often be alleviated with an epidural injection and some sort of physical therapy. Empahsis is on interdisciplinary therapy since, sometimes, interventional pain procedures alone may not relieve the pain. These include:

  • Imagery, relaxation and biofeedback
  • Physical therapy ad TENS unit
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy and adjustments
  • Medication management
  • Psychological counseling, cognitive therapy and support groups
  • Acupuncture and other alternative therapies
  • Herbal, naturopathic, and homeopathic management
  • Referral to other medical specialists for consultations

Conditions Treated

Patients needing interventional pain management services suffer distress and discomfort caused by a variety of conditions and disorders, including:

  • Chronic low back and neck pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Causalgia and other complex regional pain syndrome
  • Chronic head, mouth, face and TMJ pain
  • Post-surgical procedures
  • Malignancy or cancer
  • Post-traumatic pain syndrome
  • Muscle, joint, and bone pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain and interstitial cystitis

Interventional Treatments

The AZ Pain Center offers a variety of treatments, including:

  • Epidural injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and caudal)
  • Selective nerve root blocks (cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral)
  • Facet injections and medical branch blocks (cervical, thoracic and lumbar)
  • Sympathetic blocks (stellate ganglion, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Discography
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency denervation or ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery
  • Neurolytics therapy and interventional cancer management
  • Palliative care with symptom and pain management