More than a third of the adult population in India suffers from some kind of chronic pain – pain that lasts longer than 3 months. Majority of these people are women and elderly. Untreated back, neck and cervical pain, arthritis and knee pain, joint pain, headache and migraines accounts for majority of these cases. Pain management, one of the youngest branches of medicine is bringing freedom from pain without surgery to thousands to people worldwide.
What is Pain Management?
Pain Management is a branch of medicine employing a comprehensive approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with long standing pain. This involves a spectrum of treatment protocols starting from simple medications to varied interventional procedures supported by counseling and lifestyle modification
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional pain management deals with treating pain using precision-guided injection techniques to deliver pain-relieving medicine to specific areas of your body. The injections are performed with X-ray or CT scan control.
These are also done in the joints and the discs between the spine bones. These injections can help us in avoiding spine surgeries in a vast majority of the patients
What kinds of pain are treated?
Many different types of chronic pain problems are treated, but the most common are chronic lower back pain due to disc problems, sciatica, neck & cervical pain, knee pain, joint pain, arthritis, headaches, neuralgic pain, post herpetic neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia, migraine and cancer pain.
What types of procedures are done?
The most common procedures are X-ray guided injections to relieve inflammation in spinal structures caused by herniated discs. These procedures include root blocks, epidural injections, percutaneous discectomies, facet and sacroiliac joint injections. Certain advanced procedures such as inserting electrodes in the spinal cord (spinal cord stimulator) and pumps which deliver pain-killers into the spinal fluid (intrathecal pumps/spinal pumps) are also performed.
Are these procedures safe?
When performed with precision by a skilled pain specialist, the procedures are safe and painless.
Are these treatments successful?
The treatments can be very effective when expertly performed using X-ray guidance. Following the interventions, patient is put through a rehabilitation programme, which involves relaxation techniques, home-based exercises and lifestyle modifications. The long-term success rates in majority of cases are excellent.