Interventional Pain Management
in Fredericksburg, VA
Are you experiencing inflammation in a specific area (such as arthritis in a joint)? You might be a candidate for Interventional Pain Management
What is interventional pain management?
Interventional pain management refers to the precise delivery of pain medication using image-guidance through a live x-ray, CT scan, or an ultrasound.
If you’re a patient experiencing inflammation in a specific area (such as arthritis in a joint), your doctor may prescribe an injection to reduce the inflammation. However, for highly sensitive areas like the spine, a physician needs imaging-guidance to effectively inject the medicine.
Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates (VIVA) serves the Greater Fredericksburg community, offering access to interventional pain management in a convenient outpatient setting.
How does interventional pain management work?
Pain management treatments use live X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds in order to ensure the delivery of medication with pinpoint accuracy. With a fine needle, a physician can inject medication directly into the exact location where inflammation is found, avoiding the need for open surgery. This accuracy is especially important when addressing pain in the lower back or spinal column, where such precision is of the utmost importance.
Interventional pain management is not applied as an ongoing medical treatment. In most cases, you will receive one to three injections over the course of treatment, as prescribed by your doctor.
Types of Proceures:
Several different procedures may be included in interventional pain management:
- SphenoCath® . This advanced treatment delivers an anesthetic through the nasal cavity, delivering a block for migraine pain without the use of needles or oral medications.
- Epidural spinal injections. These injections are given in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the back. They allow for relief from debilitating pain around the neck, chest, and lower back.
- Facet injections or facet joint injections. This type of injection involves a local anesthetic and/or steroidal medication delivered to the facet joints in the spine, providing relief in the spinal column.
- Hand and wrist injections. These injections can help aid with arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and trigger fingers.
- Hip injections. In this area of the body, the injection applied not only helps with arthritis, injury, or mechanical stress, but also aids in diagnosing the direct cause of pain.
- Nerve root block. This injection is typically used to help pain in the arm or leg by injecting the anesthetic into the nerve sheath. Sometimes this block is performed to help identify whether surgery might be helpful in treating the cause of the pain.
- Sacroiliac injections. This injection is primarily used to treat lower back pain, as well as sciatica symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. A local anesthetic and steroid are injected to help alleviate pain and decrease inflammation.
- Platelet-rich Plasma injections. This minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure may offer significant relief and long-term benefits for those who suffer from mild to moderate arthritis or injuries to the tendons, ligaments or joints. Learn more about PRP treatments.