Interventional Pain Medicine

Interventional Pain Medicine

Interventional pain medicine is an alternative to surgery using various options of treatment.

Who Practices Interventional Pain Medicine?

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists, are specialty trained in the area of interventional medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders whether short-term or permanent.

Interventional Pain Medicine is a unique field in the medical world because it focuses on the whole patient rather than a particular part of the body. A person in pain whether from an acute injury or chronic illness is not able to function at their best. A physiatrist’s goal is to get you back to your role in society by maximizing independence and mobility.

What Does a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Doctor Do to Control Pain?

Once the physician has taken a medical history and performed a thorough assessment and examination, treatment options will be discussed to determine what is right for you. Various treatment plans include medications, injections, modalities, therapeutic exercise, cognitive therapy and adaptive devices to treat patients of all ages.

The following are types of treatments and procedures performed by Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound - Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is imaging that uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints throughout the body. It is a safe and noninvasive method of diagnosis without using ionizing radiation.

Electrodiagnostics (EMG) – EMG is a technique used to test the function of muscles and nerves. This helps the physician to determine the cause of back pain, neck pain, numbness, and tingling and strength loss. It is performed by placing small needles in the muscles of the arm, leg or back to directly evaluate the electrical activity caused by a muscle contraction. Most patients describe the feeling as a small cramp in the muscle.

Peripheral Joint Injections – Peripheral Joint Injections help diagnose and treat bone and soft tissue pain seen in orthopedic, rheumatologic, and sports medicine injuries.

Trigger Point Injections – Trigger Point Injections is lidocaine or dry needling may be used in addition to proper exercise and physical therapy to treat trigger points that may be the source of soft tissue pain.

Interventional Spinal Therapeutics – Interventional Spinal Therapeutics is a type of image guided spinal diagnostics and injections including discograms, interlaminar and transforaminal epidurals, radiofrequency ablations, spinal cord stimulation, and intrathecal pump placements.

Regenerative Medicine – Regenerative Medicine is the process of replacing human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. Regenerative Medicine includes platelet rich therapy and stem cell treatments.

What Types of Conditions do Physical Pain & Rehabilitation Physicians Treat?

Physiatrists primarily treat conditions of the bones, muscles, joints, and central /peripheral nervous system that affect a person’s ability to function. It is quite a vast scope and most practitioners will specialize. Some of the areas include:

Neurorehabilitation – Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease

Pain Medicine – Chronic Pain Management, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Back Pain, Arthritis

Nerve Pain – neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy (cervical and lumbar)

Musculoskeletal care – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spondyloarthropathies, Back Pain and Sacroiliac Joint Disorders

Sports Injuries – Concussion, Rotator Cuff Pathology, Knee Pain, Pelvic Pain, Achilles Tendonitis

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians in Plano, Texas

If you are suffering with an ongoing pain whether from an injury or underlying condition, the board certified pain management physicians at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care can help.

Please call us today at (972) 596-1059 for more information or go online at www.tarponpa.com to further research options or fill out the online appointment form.

Author
Leigh Anne Maack

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