Interventional pain management uses invasive techniques to interrupt the pain signals coming from a particular part of the body. The treatment is carefully targeted to block the signals travelling through a particular nerve. Common options for interventional pain management include nerve blocks, facet joint injections, epidurals and radio frequency lesioning.
Each of these treatments can be precisely targeted to intervene in the signals carried by a specific nerve and will be personalised for each patient. Interventional pain medicine can be particularly effective for chronic pain and cancer pain, and it is often used to provide pain relief in support of other treatments. Interventional techniques can also assist with diagnosis when the precise source of the pain needs to be identified.
The invasive techniques used for interventional pain management do carry some risks and aren’t right for everybody. However, interventional techniques can often provide effective pain relief when the more conservative pain management options have failed.
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