What is interventional pain management?
Interventional pain management refers to a group of minimally invasive surgical procedures typically done as an outpatient to alleviate acute, chronic, or cancer- related pain conditions. These include, but are not limited to; trigger points injections, epidural steroids, facet injections, peripheral nerve blocks, sympathetic blocks, intravenous infusions, neurolytic procedures (radiofrequency lesioning, cryotherapy, chemical neurolysis), Botulinum Toxin injections, intradiscal treatments (IDET, Loblation/Nucleoplasty, LASE), intraspinal analgesics, and spinal cord stimulation techniques. Specific training is required to perform each of these types of procedures and management of potential complications. Interventional pain management procedures are often an important component of an interdisciplinary pain treatment program.