30 Nov WHY IS TEAMWORK IMPORTANT DURING INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENT?
Patients who are suffering from chronic pain often face major challenges in finding the most appropriate way to reduce it. This is usually a long process – from finding information, selecting the most suitable one to choose a specialist. Clinic Agatas patient Rasa says “Chronic pain is not simple. It is very complicated. It is a lot of different pains in different areas at different times, each of which requires a particular treatment. To understand my condition, I spent many hours just searching for information and specialists. And every day in pain is a struggle. For those who have not experienced chronic pain, it is difficult to understand.”
Very often, a patient with chronic pain wanders the corridors of hospitals and clinics, turning to various specialists, therapists, physical therapists, but usually returns to one’s family doctor with negative treatment results. Generally, the problem is that each specialist assigns their own treatment, but does not create a general treatment plan that includes different methods.
WHAT MAKES AN INTERVENTIONAL PAIN TREATMENT EXCEPTIONAL?
Interventional treatment of pain is a medical discipline that includes the diagnosis and treatment of pain-related disorders. Clinic AGATAS uses a multidisciplinary approach to the patient and the disease. This means that a team of health professionals work to provide a full range of treatments and health services to patients suffering from acute or chronic pain.
The goals of interventional pain treatment are to relieve or reduce pain and improve the patient’s quality of life by helping to avoid the daily use of a variety of painkillers.
The distinctive feature of such treatment is reaching the source of the pain itself more effectively using different methods, such as various injections. Typically, the above-mentioned methods are used in the treatment of:
- Chronic headache, mouth or face pain
- Back pain
- Muscle and/or bone pain
- Neck pain
Considering back pain treatment, methods of interventional pain treatment have an extremely wide range of options and are often very effective. After an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, pain specialists may prescribe an epidural injection of steroid drugs, nerve root block, facet joint block, or trigger points injections.
It is important to emphasize that physical therapy, ergotherapy, lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, quitting smoking) play an important role in the pain treatment process – together with interventional pain treatment, it makes the whole process successful.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING PAIN TREATMENT PROCESS?
During the first appointment, the pain specialist evaluates the patient’s medical history, test results, physical assessment, touches the patient’s sore areas, asks various questions about the nature of pain, intensity, spread to other parts of the body, etc. It is advisable for a patient to have magnetic resonance imaging. Compared to other radiological examinations such as X-rays or computed tomography, it is the most accurate and the doctor can prescribe the most appropriate treatment more quickly.
It is very important that the patient provides detailed information about previous treatments and medications. It is necessary to mention the alternative treatments used, such as acupuncture, massages, the use of herbal preparations.
All this information helps to make the most comprehensive individual pain treatment plan and appoint the visits. It is important to pay attention to the conditions under which the procedures are performed. Interventional pain treatment performed under X-ray or ultrasound control gives the best results because the technology ensures the accuracy of the performed procedure. In addition to these procedures, the pain specialist often offers the consultation of a physical therapist and recommends consulting a nutritionist. The nutritionist may create a diet plan that contains fewer food products that promote inflammatory processes, as possible. Also, you may need to lose some weight, as being overweight can also be a common cause of chronic pain.
CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT IS A TEAMWORK
The patient must also be an active participant in the treatment process. Treating chronic pain is usually a complex and time-consuming process. It requires much effort of the patient as well, visiting a physical therapist or following the recommendations of a pain specialist. In addition, one interventional pain procedure is often not enough to return to feel much better. Patience is needed and successful treatment results will definitely be achieved, it is important to follow doctors’ instructions responsibly.
Rasa, who has been fighting chronic pain for more than three years, says that “During all that time, I realized one thing – there is no one-size-fits-all solution to chronic pain. What works for one person may not work for another at all. Very often you have to rely on combinations of different treatments – medications, exercises, injections, psychotherapy, and much more. However, both my own determination to heal and my trust in the Clinic AGATAS team of doctors who work with me are very important in the whole process.”