Finding relief from pain can help people live a more fulfilling life. Gritman is proud to have the only certified Nonsurgical Pain Management (NSPM) specialists in the area. Our team is always willing to talk about treatment options for your pain.
- What is interventional pain management?
Interventional pain management uses pain blocking techniques, such as injections, to alleviate pain. It works best when combined with physical therapy, massage, chiropractor visits, yoga, or medications.
- How is Gritman’s interventional pain management different from others in the region?
Gritman is one of very few hospitals with a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who has earned an advanced Non-Surgical Pain Management Certification. This certification takes two years of education and hands-on training that allows a CRNA to perform advanced injections such as cervical epidural steroid injection and sacral catheters.
- Does the clinic prescribe or manage medication?
Yes. We prescribe non-opioid medications shown to alleviate pain. If opioids are needed, we will refer you to your primary care provider for a medication evaluation.
- What should I expect when receiving an injection? Will it hurt?
When you arrive at the hospital, you’ll be offered medication to help you relax. A registered nurse will then escort you to the operating room and get you comfortable. Using X-rays, we find the exact place for the injection and then numb your skin in that area. The injection takes 10 minutes or less. And, since the area is numbed, there is only a slight discomfort. You can go home shortly after the procedure, however, you’ll need a driver because of the calming medicine.
- What can I expect after receiving an injection?
You should feel immediate pain relief, which may improve over the next week. For best results, injections are usually given in a three-part series with a one-month gap between each visit.
Ask your doctor if nonsurgical interventional pain management is right for you. Call Gritman’s Interventional Pain Clinic with any questions at 208-883-1152.