Surgery is an effective way to deal with certain painful physical problems, but the practice is not a reasonable solution for many spinal issues. Some problems simply cannot be corrected through surgery while others benefit from clinical treatment just as readily and without the risks that accompany surgical solutions.
For some people, this means more effective pain management, but that is not a solution to the problem. It just makes you more comfortable. Instead, consider what interventional pain consultants can do to help you manage your condition.
Here are just some of the non-surgical treatment options that you can explore.
Certain injections, like steroids, are known to be effective in the treatment of back pain. Steroid injections work by delivering a anti-inflammatory steroid injection directly where it can do the most good. Another type of injection, called a block, can be used to relieve pain by working like an anesthetic on the damaged nerve, muscle, ligament, or joint. In some cases, a joint injection is used. These injections may have a direct anti-inflammatory effect or an anesthetic one, but they also help confirm a diagnosis of joint dysfunction.
Radiofrequency ablation is another option. This minimally invasive procedure involves using fluoroscopy (x-ray machine) to direct a small needle to the patient’s affected brand nerves. A small electrical current passes through the tip of the needle, heating it up and ultimately creating a small lesion. This heat lesion prevents the nerve from seeing pain signals to the brain, effectively cutting off your ability to feel pain in those nerves.
If you are ready to manage your pain without surgery and without relying on medication, contact Advanced Interventional Pain Management by calling (501) 624-7246. We are one of the most effective pain management doctors in Arkansas. Contact us today to explore your options for nonsurgical pain relief and to request an appointment. We can evaluate your condition and provide guidance on the next steps that are right for you.