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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.
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.
An interventional pain doctor may be able to help if you have:
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.
Depending on your condition and location, your pain medicine doctor may suggest treatments such as:
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.
Call your health insurance company and ask if your plan covers interventional pain services.
You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.