After an auto accident, it’s not unusual that you’ll experience varying degrees of pain after the initial adrenaline shock wears off. There are prescription drugs that address pain, but there are other options that can actually better treat pain. Interventional pain management is one such practice. Here’s how interventional pain management works and why it may be a good choice as you develop a treatment plan for your auto accident recovery.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
Interventional Pain Management is an effective, cutting-edge alternative for patients who are dealing with pain. While narcotics can be highly addictive — and do not address or resolve the root of the problem — interventional pain management treatments like injections and minimally invasive procedures are pain management options that can provide relief for long periods of time depending on what type of procedure is done.
Symptoms Treated with Interventional Pain Management
If you are feeling any of the following after an auto accident, consider interventional pain management:
Radicular (radiating) pain
Pain with movement
Pain when sitting or standing
Failed conservative care (other therapy is no longer helping)
You don’t have to live with pain after an auto accident. Our doctors can provide treatments to improve your injuries and get you back to your everyday, pain free routine. Dr. Lora Brown is Board Certified in Interventional Pain Management and can build an individualized treatment plan that targets your pain.
Interventional Pain Management Procedures
Treatment begins with an appointment with our board certified doctor. Dr. Brown will evaluate you and discuss how your injury occurred. Were you looking up into the rearview mirror and then struck from the right? Were you looking left before turning right, and then hit from the rear? Examining the mechanics of the injury in detail will help efficiently diagnose and treat the injury from the source. From there, she can determine the best possible route of treatment.
Interventional procedures can be a great alternative to surgery for the right candidates. You’ll experience a quick recovery time and outpatient treatment.
Epidural steroid injection
Injections containing a steroid and an anesthetic are delivered into the epidural space in the spine. These types of injections can reduce inflammation and swelling and provide long-lasting pain relief.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
A small amount of electricity is passed through a needle into the body and to the nerves causing pain. This procedure typically involves local anesthetic and mild sedation.
A probe is inserted into the affected disc, and a small amount of energy is emitted to break up the gel-like substance inside the disc. This causes the disc to shrink a small amount, relieving pressure on the disc and the surrounding nerves.
This minimally-invasive surgery removes a herniated disc. Because the incision is small and muscles are retracted rather than cut, this procedure has a faster recovery time than open surgical lumbar discectomy.
Florida Physical Medicine has a Class-2 procedure suite in-house. When you come for your procedure, you can feel comfortable coming to a familiar location. There’s no need to go to a surgery center or hospital, we can provide care and even anesthesia right on premises. If you are experiencing pain after an auto accident, contact Florida Physical Medicine for a customized treatment plan.
Why Interventional Pain Management Works
Interventional pain specialists have in-depth knowledge about the physiology of pain, as well as experience in understanding how to locate its source. Interventional pain management addresses the cause of your pain. Subsequently, they are able to treat the pain, at its source, instead of simply casting a medication-based tent over the whole body and hoping it helps a patient manage their pain.
Interventional Pain Management for Auto Accident Injuries
Medications don’t always fix the root cause of your pain, and they do not effectively target nerves causing the pain. Medications can also lead to nausea, grogginess, and even worse, addiction. After an auto accident, interventional pain management is an effective alternative to pain medication that can provide long-term relief.