What is pain?
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage – defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). So takes into account the physical injury to the body as well as the emotional aspect of it.70-80% of the population suffers from some kind of chronic pain (commonest being back/neck pain) at some stage during his lifetime.
World health organization (WHO) has classified “chronic pain” as a disease because of its widespread effect on patient’s different body systems, psychology, & socio-economical effects. Pain is always subjective. Each individual learns about the application of the word through experiences related to injury in early life about pain.
What is Interventional Pain Management?
There are various treatments available for the spine and pain problems. Until now the main treatment available were medicines or surgery in India. Now the newer techniques and advanced minimally invasive Interventional procedure are available for the Spine and pain problems. These procedures are something more than medicines and minimally invasive than open surgery.
According to the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), interventional pain management is a discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain-related disorders.
Interventional pain medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, in which a team of health care professionals works together, to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from chronic and/or acute pain.
Interventional Pain Management uses minimally techniques conditions. minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. This website will brief you about the common problems and the treatment options for a few of them which are available at our clinic.
If the pain is not controlled early then it can lead to psychological problems and problems in social behavior. Then the physical damage becomes smaller and social interaction becomes a major issue and is left unattended.
What is a pain specialist? What do they do?
Frequently, these specialists are specialized in other fields like anesthesiology, neurology, etc. What they do is that they discover the cause of pain, be it either acute or chronic and apply the best treatment to make you feel better.
You may receive treatment in a clinic or in the comfort of your home. When you see a pain specialist you will be asked to describe the way it hurts, where does it hurt, the duration of your sensations and about whether there is anything that worsens it or alleviates it. You may need to do a series of tests, a physical examination, and you will need to show your medical records as well as all other previous X-rays related to your pain.
Should I take pain medication only when I have a lot of pain?
No. Don’t wait until the pain becomes severe to take pain medication. Pain is easier to control when it is mild. You should take your pain medication regularly, just as prescribed. Sometimes this means taking medicine on a regular schedule, even when you don’t feel pain.
How do I decide what pain medication to use?
Discuss this with your doctor. They will give you instruction regarding how the medications work and when to take them. Be sure to report the effectiveness of the medication and any side effects you may experience.