Surgery is not always the answer for every patient in every case. Sometimes a non-surgical interventional treatment is the most effective way of combating pain and returning a patient to their normal life again.
Non-Surgical Interventional Treatment Explained
Non-surgical interventional treatment involves a range of procedures designed to treat pain that do not include surgery. Some types of non-surgical interventional treatment include:
An epidural injection is when a steroid is injected into the skin to reduce inflammation. Reducing inflammation provides relief from pain.
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is a device that sends an electrical current into the nervous system. The current stimulates the nerves in a way that eases pain.
Massage, heat, stretching, and exercise can all be used to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote faster healing.
Pain can be blocked out by injecting a nerve-numbing substance, or nerve blocker, into an affected area.
Biofeedback is a mind-body technique used for pain management. This treatment uses visual and auditory feedback to help a patient gain better control over involuntary bodily functions like muscle relaxation and pain tolerance.
Sometimes the best treatment is a simple lifestyle change such as adopting more exercise, altering a diet, or quitting smoking.
Why Choose Non-Surgical Interventional Treatment?
Non-surgical interventional treatments have a few advantages over more traditional surgical procedures.
- Cost. Non-surgical interventional treatments are generally less expensive than more invasive surgery.
- Recovery time. While surgery can have you laid up for an extended time post-procedure, non-surgical interventional treatment can have you back in action almost immediately.
- Risk. Non-surgical interventional treatment involves fewer risks of complications or side effects than more invasive surgical procedures.
Schedule an appointment with the team of pain management doctors at Carolinas Center for Surgery today. We’ll perform a physical examination that includes blood tests, an MRI, CT, or X-rays along with a full medical history report. The physical exam will provide an evaluation of your pain level, sensory function, and range of motion to help us determine which type of non-surgical interventional treatment may be best for your pain.