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Airing Pain 63: Interventional Pain Management

From nerve-blocks to spinal cord stim­u­la­tors: how inter­ven­tion­al approach­es can help

For a full tran­script of this pro­gramme please click here.

This edi­tion has been fund­ed by Pfizer.

Phys­io­ther­a­py, exer­cise, med­ica­tions and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy all play an impor­tant role in pain man­age­ment, but what hap­pens if these treat­ments don’t give peo­ple the relief they need to get their lives back on track?

For some patients, more inva­sive treat­ments can make a big dif­fer­ence, but there are often dif­fi­cult deci­sions to be faced, as Paul Evans dis­cov­ers from sit­ting in on one of spe­cial­ist in inter­ven­tion­al pain man­age­ment Dr Ron Cooper’s clin­ics in Cause­way Hos­pi­tal, Coleraine.

We hear from patients who have often wait­ed years before being referred to the clin­ic where they will be con­sid­ered for inter­ven­tion­al treat­ments such as spinal cord stim­u­la­tion, nerve-block­ing injec­tions and radio fre­quen­cy treat­ment. Dr Coop­er explains why inter­ven­tion­al treat­ments are more appro­pri­ate for some patients than for oth­ers, how they are thought to work and why it’s impor­tant to see them as part of a broad­er pain man­age­ment strategy.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Nerve block­ing, spinal cord stim­u­la­tors, med­ical inter­ven­tion, inva­sive treat­ment, radio fre­quen­cy treat­ment, neu­ro­path­ic pain, risk, side effects, oper­a­tion, surgery, her­nia, burn­ing pain, back pain, com­plex region­al pain syn­drome, pelvic pain, nerve pain, phys­io­ther­a­py, med­ica­tion, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary approach and scoliosis.


  • Dr Ron Coop­er, Con­sul­tant in Anaes­the­sia & Pain Relief, Cause­way Hos­pi­tal, Coleraine.


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