Interventional pain management is an approach to managing and treating acute and chronic pain that uses a broad range of therapies. Double board-certified physiatrist Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team at Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group in Clermont and Orlando, Florida, are experts in using interventional pain management to help patients who are having difficulty coping with pain. If you think you could benefit from interventional pain management, call Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or book an appointment online.
Interventional Pain Management Q & A
What is interventional pain management?
Interventional pain management is a branch of medicine that focuses on relieving both acute and chronic pain using a combination of treatments to achieve the best results.
Although pain medication plays an important role in controlling the worst effects of pain, using strong painkillers long-term can cause side effects and can lead to opioid addiction, a widespread problem in the United States. Interventional pain management techniques can reduce and even remove the need for pain medication for many patients.
Dr. Javier Placer, MD, is an expert in interventional pain management and has extensive knowledge of what causes pain and how best to reduce both pain and its effects. In many cases, careful interventional management of acute pain can prevent chronic pain conditions from developing.
What conditions can interventional pain management treat?
Interventional pain management is a valuable approach to most forms of pain, but it has particular relevance in neuromusculoskeletal disorders. These are conditions that affect your bones, joints, muscles, connective tissues, and nerves.
Some of the most common pain conditions Dr. Javier Placer, MD, sees at Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated discs
- Headaches and migraine
- Neuropathic pain
Neuropathic pain develops when the nerves themselves are damaged or not working correctly. Many diseases can cause neuropathic pain, including diabetes, which causes diabetic neuropathy, as well as shingles, which causes post-herpetic neuralgia.
Neuropathic pain often causes severe discomfort despite there being no damage to any of your tissues because your nerves are sending faulty pain signals.
What interventional pain management treatments are available?
There are many different kinds of interventional pain management treatments. Dr. Javier Placer, MD, has particular expertise in using injectable treatments like nerve blocks, steroid injections, joint injections, and regenerative techniques like prolotherapy.
Nerve blocks and joint injections typically use a combination of an anesthetic to temporarily numb the pain and steroids to reduce inflammation and provide longer-term relief.
Prolotherapy involves injecting an irritant into damaged tissues to stimulate repair and regeneration. Related techniques include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy that use human growth cells to stimulate healing.
In addition to these techniques, Dr. Javier Placer, MD, can recommend other treatments like acupuncture, or implantable technologies, including spinal cord stimulation and a pain pump. Physiotherapy is another vital element of any rehabilitation program.
To find out more about interventional pain management, call Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or book an appointment online.