The Surgeon General, Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. recently sent out a letter to all American physicians urging us to do everything in our power to address the opioid epidemic.
The opioid epidemic is a very real and serious situation, so too is the need to treat pain responsibly.
Newbridge Spine & Pain Center is one of the Greater Washington area’s premier interventional pain management facilities dedicated to treating pain. Our physicians are Anesthesiologists with sub-specialty training in pain management.
There are many misconceptions about the ‘pain management’ specialty resulting from the mismanagement and over-prescribing of addictive painkillers. However, our specialization, interventional pain management, addresses both the rising opioid epidemic and the need to treat pain.
Treating pain in a conservative, responsible manner is our daily commitment.
We do this by:
- Utilizing non-surgical, interventional pain procedures to quickly and effectively reduce pain levels.
- In cases where medication management is unavoidable, we aim to reduce reliance on pharmacologic substances, opioids & narcotics by maintaining low doses and outlining treatment plans that take a multidisciplinary approach to include; weight-loss, physical therapy and/or counseling for example.
The Newbridge team spends a significant amount of energy encouraging our fellow healthcare providers to refer to interventional pain management before prescribing or laying out a treatment plan. This is because our therapeutic procedures work at the onset of pain as well as for chronic pain conditions.
We firmly believe that the sooner a patient can be treated by a pain specialist using interventional methods the less likely that patient is to be prescribed a long-term medication schedule.
Most pain complaints relate to pain originating throughout the spine, however, an interventional pain doctor can treat acute and chronic pain all throughout the body to include the limbs and joints in the peripheral body.
Statistics show that chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined (Source:http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx).
These statistics indicate that treating pain responsibly is a major health concern and demonstrate the need for ethical, qualified and specialized practitioners in the field.
The term “pain management” is likely to conjure thoughts of dangerous medications and drug addiction. The mismanagement and over prescribing of addictive pain killers has certainly become a major problem in today’s society making it no longer appropriate or appealing for your family practitioner to treat pain.
A relatively misunderstood and underutilized specialty called interventional pain management has emerged from the well-publicized opioid epidemic and the genuine need to responsibly and effectively treat pain.
The role of a good interventional pain management physician is to provide improved quality of life and enable patients to participate in activities such as; pick up their child, walk the dog and participate in physical therapy sessions for example.
An interventional pain management specialist could be a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician or, as is the case at Newbridge Spine & Pain Center, a highly skilled, board certified anesthesiologist sub-specialized in pain management procedures and techniques.
There are many misconceptions about what an interventional pain management physician actually does and few people know the full scope of procedures available to responsibly and effectively treat pain.
Firstly, an interventional pain specialist does not just write prescriptions, in fact, this is at the bottom of their toolkit. The interventional pain doctor performs procedures either in an office or ambulatory surgical center (ASC) setting.
These procedures range from a simple trigger point injection, epidural steroid injection, or a nerve block to radiofrequency ablation or spinal cord stimulation for example. Many of these procedures can help patients avoid an opioid or narcotic medication schedule altogether.
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What is interventional pain management?
Interventional pain management or interventional pain medicine is a sub-specialty of pain management. Interventional pain specialists are devoted to the use of minimally-invasive techniques such as facet joint injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, vertebral augmentation, and neuromodulation (implantable drug delivery) therapies.
Finding long lasting relief can be difficult for many suffering from chronic pain. Interventional pain procedures offer new hope for patients presenting with any variety of persistent and severe pain conditions. In addition these procedures can help prevent patients from being tied to a long-term medication schedule.
Interventional pain specialists are highly trained in a myriad of pain procedures that treat the underlying source of pain, these procedures play a pivotal part of a multi-disciplinary approach to relieving pain.
These treatments offer pain relief for a wide range of conditions from headaches, pain in the neck, back or spine, to stomach, shoulder, pelvic, hip, knee or foot pain.
Patients often comment that seeking interventional pain management at the early stages of their diagnosis and treatment speeds up their recovery time and ability to pursue daily activities.
Is interventional pain management right for me?
These techniques, performed by qualified anesthesiologists, provide relief and improve the quality of life of many patients. To determine if a particular procedure or combination of procedures is right for you talk to your doctor, or make a new patient appointment. Our anesthesiologists will review your MRIs, Xrays, medical history and any records from your referring physician to determine a) the root cause of your pain and b) if you are a candidate for a procedure and c) what procedure you may benefit most from.
Interventional procedures are out-patient procedures performed in our office or ASC (ambulatory surgical centers) most of these procedures take less than 45 minutes from the time you enter the procedure room and require minimal recovery time. For patients who are anxious or in severe pain our office is equipped to offer monitored anesthesia care (sedation) to help you relax during your procedure.