What are the Benefits of Interventional Pain Management?
Chronic pain can stop you from completing your daily activities and decrease your quality of life. It can become very difficult to manage chronic pain. Interventional pain medicine can improve your quality of life and help you live with less pain without the added risk of surgery.
At NJ Spine and Pain Center, Dr. Bhatt offers a range of interventional pain treatment options to ease or even eliminate your pain. Pain management can be done through oral medication, topical analgesics and therapeutic injections. When oral and topical medications fail, therapeutic injections help manage chronic pain.
Dr. Bhatt has the right experience and a deep understanding about the physiology behind pain to help manage your chronic conditions.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management involves steroid injections in the spine, joints, and bursas. These injections are done under ultrasound or X-ray guidance and can be done with or without sedation to ensure a quick and painless procedure. Chronic pain patients respond very well to therapeutic injections and often receive relief that last several weeks or even months.
Epidural steroid injections work by sending anesthetic and corticosteroid medications to the inflamed areas to help ease pain and improve function in the neck, mid back, and lower back. These injections help relieve the irritation caused by nerve inflammation.
When there is inflammation around specific nerves, a nerve, root, or medial branch block can help ease your pain.
Joint injections in the facet provide pain relief and help Dr. Bhatt determine if the facet joint is the area causing the pain. The facet is the joint that sits between the vertebrae.
If you have pain in your lower back and buttocks, a sacroiliac (SI) joint injection may be right for you.
You may develop trigger points, or small areas of muscle spasms, that are sensitive to touch, pressure, and movement. If this describes your pain, a trigger point injection can help. These injections help to release the tight bundles in the areas with the spasms.
What Happens After Interventional Treatment?
After a therapeutic injection, most patients feel relief almost immediately. With this relief, they are able to get back to their daily activities with less pain. To achieve continued relief, Dr. Bhatt recommends that patients continue with the conservative treatment of physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, aquatherapy, at home stretching, or any other types of treatments the patient feels comfortable with.
Interventional treatment is only a part of your detailed treatment plan. Dr. Bhatt considers each patient’s medical history and pain before making an informed decision regarding the patient’s treatment plan.
If you have been living with chronic pain, know that it does not have to be permanent. Dr. Bhatt and the trained medical professionals at NJ Spine and Pain Center can help you live your life pain free. Please call NJ Spine and Pain Center at 609-587-6070 to schedule an appointment at any of our offices.