Medication isn't the only way to control your painful condition. Interventional pain management treatments offered by your St. Croix and St. Thomas, physicians, of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists, offer a healthier way to manage your symptoms.
How interventional pain management works
Prescription pain medication is certainly effective in relieving pain, but the results only last as long as you're taking the drugs. Side effects and concerns about addiction mean that drug-based pain control isn't the best choice for many people. Interventional pain management uses a variety of treatments and techniques that help you manage your pain without relying heavily on medication.
Before treatment begins, you'll discuss your symptoms, medical history, surgeries, and your use of prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements, and herbal medications. Your doctor may order X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans) or other tests that will help him make a diagnosis and plan your treatment.
Interventional pain management treatments
Depending on your diagnosis, one or more of these treatments may be recommended when you visit your St. Croix and St. Thomas doctor:
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy stretches and strengthens sore, tight muscles and eases joint pain by increasing range of motion and flexibility.
- Epidural Injections: Injecting anesthetic medication into the epidural space in your spine relieves pain in your lower back or legs. The anesthetic is often combined with a steroid to reduce swelling.
- Nerve Blocks: Nerve blocks target specific nerves that are sending pain messages to your brain. Once a numbing medication is injected, the nerve will stop sending the messages, and you'll no longer feel pain.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation: During this treatment, electrical impulses stop pain signals from reaching the brain.
- Other Treatments: Other treatments that may be offered include facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, and peripheral nerve stimulation.
Would you like to find out if interventional pain management could you manage your pain? Get in touch with your physicians in St. Croix and St. Thomas of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists. Call (340) 714-2845 to schedule an appointment at the St. Thomas office or (340) 692-5000 to reach the St. Croix office.