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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