Interventional pain management, or interventional pain medicine, is a medical subspecialty of pain medicine that diagnoses and treats pain with minimally invasive procedures that can alleviate pain and minimize the use of oral medications.
Pain physicians offer interventional therapies for acute and chronic pain conditions as part of a comprehensive treatment program. Many interventional pain procedures are available on an outpatient basis, which is vital to ensuring cost-effective access to care. Some minor interventional procedures can be performed in an office setting, while other more advanced procedures require specialty training and an ambulatory surgery center.
When treatments such as physical therapy and massage are incapable of helping manage a patient’s pain effectively, an injection or procedure may be necessary to help provide an adequate level of pain relief. Often, these treatments are used in conjunction with other pain management modalities to provide maximum relief for the longest period of time.
Colorado Injury and Pain Specialists offers a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures designed to reduce pain and improve function in our patients. Some common treatments include:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Nerve blocks
- Trigger point injections
- Sympathetic blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
In addition to the above treatments, new technology and advances in medicine has allowed medical professionals to accomplish the same tasks as traditional open surgeries by using smaller incisions which results in less blood loss, lower rates of infection and faster patient recovery. These implants are much safer, more effective and provide lasting pain management relief with very little downside or recovery time.
- MILD- Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression Procedure
- Vertiflex Superion Indirect Lumbar Decompression
- IDD- Intrathecal Drug Delivery Pumps
- Implanted Spinal Cord Stimulators
“Vertiflex states that initially nearly 50% of patients that received a Vertiflex Indirect Lumbar Decompression were using opioid medications and that after five years, that number had decreased by 85%”
New technology and more effective procedures are being developed daily to help reduce patient’s pain and their reliance on opioids and other prescription pain drugs. CIPS has been an early adopter of several new advances in pain management and treatment, and provides the highest quality and most advanced treatments available.