What Is Interventional Pain Management?

Chronic back pain affects millions of people worldwide and can significantly impact an individual's daily activities, mental health, and general well-being. Properly managing chronic pain is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life and preventing the development of further complications, such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

Interventional pain management offers an alternative to traditional pain management methods, like medications, major surgery and physical therapy. With minimally invasive interventional treatments, you can have an improved quality of life, increased mobility, and the freedom to pursue your loved activities without the side effects of medications or the risks of major surgery.

Our Interventional Pain Management Doctors possess extensive training and in-depth knowledge of a wide range of pain management techniques. Endospine360 offers the unique advantage of housing both primary care and specialist care under one roof. If you're dealing with chronic or acute back pain, don't hesitate to request an appointment with one of our doctors to explore your treatment options. Our primary objective is to alleviate the pain you're enduring and rejuvenate your quality of life.

Types of Interventional Pain Management Treatments:

Targeted Treatments: These interventions are designed to pinpoint the source of pain. They include:

  1. Nerve Blocks: Involving the injection of anesthetic or medication to block pain signals from specific nerves, offering relief for conditions such as chronic neck pain or sciatica.
  2. Joint Injections: Targeting pain arising from damaged or inflamed joints.
  3. Epidural Steroid Injections: Administered into the epidural space of the spine to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain associated with conditions like herniated discs or spinal stenosis.

Advanced Procedures: These treatments are typically considered for more complex or severe cases of chronic pain and may include:

  1. Spinal Cord Stimulation: Involves the implantation of a device that delivers electrical impulses to the spinal cord, disrupting pain signals and providing relief for chronic back or leg pain.
  2. Sacroiliac Joint Fusion: A surgical procedure to stabilize and fuse the sacroiliac joint, which can alleviate pain and discomfort in the lower back and hips.
  3. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Utilized to address structural issues in the spine, such as herniated discs or spinal fractures, with smaller incisions and reduced recovery time compared to traditional surgery.

Life-Changing Solutions: These interventions are aimed at offering a profound impact on the patient's quality of life and can include treatments like:

  1. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation: Involves the implantation of a device that sends electrical impulses to peripheral nerves, offering relief for chronic nerve pain conditions.
  2. Intrathecal Pump Implantation: The implantation of a device that delivers pain-relieving medication directly into the spinal fluid, often used for severe chronic pain management.
  3. Radiofrequency Ablation: Utilizes heat to disrupt the functioning of specific nerves and provide relief for conditions like facet joint pain or chronic neck pain.

The choice of interventional therapy is tailored to the individual's pain condition, its complexity, and the potential for improving their quality of life.

Benefits of Interventional Pain Management

Interventional pain management offers a multitude of benefits for individuals seeking respite from chronic pain:

  • Targeted Pain Relief: These techniques aim to get to the root of the pain, delivering precise relief at its source. By identifying the specific nerves or tissues responsible for discomfort, these treatments offer more effective and accurate pain relief compared to conventional methods.
  • Reduced Dependence on Pain Medications: Interventional pain management substantially diminishes a patient's reliance on pain medications. This not only helps steer clear of potential side effects and the risk of addiction associated with prolonged painkiller use but also enhances overall health and well-being.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Chronic pain can significantly erode a person's quality of life, making everyday tasks challenging and exhausting. Interventional pain management treatments seek to alleviate pain and restore functionality, enabling patients to partake in their favorite activities, connect with loved ones, and lead more fulfilling lives without the encumbrance of pain.
  • Faster Recovery Times: Minimally invasive interventional pain management procedures typically involve shorter recovery periods in comparison to traditional open surgeries. This facilitates an earlier return to regular routines and activities, reducing the disruption to daily life and mitigating the emotional stress often linked to prolonged recovery.
  • Potential for Long-term Pain Relief: Interventional pain management techniques have the potential to offer enduring relief by addressing the underlying cause of pain and preventing its recurrence. Through a combination of targeted therapies and ongoing care, patients can achieve lasting relief and enjoy an enhanced quality of life without the constant burden of pain.


If you're undergoing interventional pain management, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following procedures based on your clinical examination and radiological reports:

Discography: This involves the injection of contrast dye into the intervertibral discs to help in identifying the source of pain or assess disc abnormalities.

Lateral Recess Block (LRB) / Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB): These procedures target specific nerves to alleviate pain or diagnose nerve-related issues.

Facet Joint Injection: Injections are administered to the facet joints to relieve pain stemming from these joints.

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injection: This injection is aimed at addressing pain originating from the sacroiliac joint, which connects the spine to the pelvis.

Piriformis Block: This procedure targets the piriformis muscle to alleviate pain related to this muscle or the sciatic nerve.

Here's what to expect as you prepare for and recover from your procedure:

  • Contact our Spine consultant to schedule a date and time for your procedure.
  • During your pre-operative consultation, your spine doctor will explain the procedure, address any questions you may have, and have you sign a surgery consent form.
  • You'll receive prescriptions for pain medication and receive instructions for post-operative care.
  • Your pre-operative evaluation, which may include a chest X-ray, ECG, and blood tests, will be scheduled on the same day as your consultation.
  • If you take daily aspirin or blood-thinning medications, cease these medications at least 5 days before your surgery.

Following the procedure, your doctor will ask you to walk, sit, and stand to gauge immediate pain relief. After 1-2 hours, you'll be allowed to return home and resume your regular activities. However, strenuous activities should be avoided until your doctor advises otherwise.

A follow-up appointment is typically scheduled 7 days after the procedure to assess your pain relief and determine whether you can resume exercise as part of your ongoing care.

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