Interventional Pain Management

Taking action to manage pain before it becomes long lasting can help you recover faster and get back to your activities. Essentia has pain medicine doctors with specialized training in the area of interventional pain medicine. Rely on your doctor to recommend options that can intervene and help reduce pain. 

What is Interventional Pain Management?

International pain management is a specialized area of pain medicine that uses interventional procedures to diagnose and treat pain. These may include pain injections and nerve blocks to reduce inflammation (swelling) and pain.

When to Seek Treatment

An interventional pain doctor may be able to help if you have:

  • Ongoing pain in your arm, leg, neck, shoulder, back, hip, or knee—especially if you haven't had it looked at
  • New or acute pain in an your arm, leg, neck, or back after six weeks of conservative treatment, such as physical therapy

Herniated Disc Relief

A herniated disc may put pressure on a nerve in the spine. This can cause new or acute pain with weakness in an arm or leg. Seeing a pain medicine specialist within six weeks of injury may help prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor may use an epidural steroid injection to decrease inflammation on the nerve enough to help prevent the need for surgery.

Interventional Procedures

Depending on your condition and location, your pain medicine doctor may suggest treatments such as:

  • Hip, knee, and shoulder injections – Shots into joint, tendon, and muscle areas that decrease swelling and pain
  • Epidural steroid injections – Spinal shots that decrease swelling and pain
  • Medial branch blocks or nerve blocks – Shot of anesthesia or local anesthetic that blocks signals in the nerves to find the source of pain or to relieve pain
  • Radiofrequency ablation – Uses heat to stop targeted nerves from sending pain signals to the brain
  • Sacroiliac joint injections – Shots in sacroiliac joint (joint that connects the hip bones to the spine) to decrease swelling and pain
  • Vertebroplasty – Spinal shots of medical cement into broken vertebrae area to relieve pain
  • Spinal cord stimulation – Medical device placed in the body to stop pain signals from reaching the brain

Holistic Care

We care for the whole patient, and work to address the cause of your pain. Rely on our team to work with your other care providers as necessary to ensure you get complete treatment. 

Will Insurance Cover Interventional Pain Care?

Call your health insurance company and ask if your plan covers interventional pain services.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.