See An Interventional Pain Specialist in Baton Rouge at The NeuroMedical CenterJanuary 15, 2017 6:58 pm
Chronic pain is estimated to impact more than 76 million people in the United States according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Pain is a complex neurological condition and individuals experience pain differently. For these reasons, its exact source can be challenging to pinpoint. Pain can result from injury or diseases such as cancer. It is also often associated with neuropathy in patients with diabetes and is common after surgery. Because there are many different root causes of pain, treatment methods vary widely and can involve surgical and non-surgical therapies. Interventional pain techniques are usually employed when patients do not show improvement with less invasive treatments such as physical therapy and oral medication. Patients shouldn’t have to suffer with unmanaged debilitating pain for weeks or months. With the help of an interventional pain specialist at The NeuroMedical Center, individuals can find relief from their chronic pain and get back to enjoying their life again.
Managing Pain With Interventional Techniques
Interventional pain management therapies differ from other types of pain treatments in that they are procedures and techniques that aim to target the source of pain in the body. Some of the most commonly used methods include nerve blocker injections, trigger point injections, pump implants, epidural blood patches, and electrical stimulators. For example, a patient suffering with chronic lower back pain may be given an epidural steroid injection. This injection works by delivering medication directly into the affected nerve. Injecting this nerve blocking medication into the exact spot where the pain is coming from helps to temporarily alleviate the pain. Patients often need to receive multiple injections to feel the full benefits.
Intrathecal pain pumps are another interventional treatment to help manage pain. This technique is frequently employed for patients who are suffering with pain related to a back surgery that was unsuccessful and cancer. Pain pumps are implanted under the skin and delivers medication directly into the area of the spine that is affected. This allows patients to absorb smaller doses of medication. Spinal stimulation is a pain management technique that is commonly used for leg pain associated with failed back surgery. This method sends mild electrical pulses to the nerves in the spinal cord that prevents pain signals from communicating with the brain.
The type of interventional pain treatments used will depend on the patient’s condition and severity. In some cases, patients may receive more than one intervention and their physician may also combine these therapies with prescription medicines. An interventional pain specialist at The NeuroMedical Center can provide an in-depth evaluation of a patient’s specific needs and develop a personalized pain treatment approach based on their health needs.
Interventional Pain Specialist Dr. Samir Patel Can Help Patients Control Their Pain
Specializing in low back pain, neck pain, failed back surgery syndrome, and many other areas of pain medicine, The NeuroMedical Center’s Dr. Samir Patel is focused on helping patients achieve improved movement and functioning through interventional pain management. An experienced interventional pain physician, Dr. Samir Patel, uses a range of techniques to treat chronic neck and back pain, and help reduce pain and restore mobility for patients whose back surgery was not effective. Emotional and environmental stressors sometimes exacerbate painful conditions so; pain management often focuses on both patients’ physical and psychological health. Part of a multi-disciplinary pain management team that includes physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, Dr. Patel works collaboratively with The NeuroMedical Center’s network of neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists and other neurological specialists to accurately diagnose pain-causing conditions and create a comprehensive care plan customized for each and every patient.
Dr. Patel sees patients in clinic on the 3rd floor of The NeuroMedical Center’s main campus in Baton Rouge’s Perkins Road located at 10101 Park Rowe Avenue. He also offers Interventional Pain Management services in Gonzales and Walker. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel please call The NeuroMedical Center’s appointment desk at (225) 768-2050.