Spine disorder can happen to anyone because of our daily routines, such as heavy lifting, posture, accidents, or aging. It usually manifests itself as “pain” which can become chronic. In some cases, surgery may be necessary and that leads to fear and anxiety, especially post-surgery paints, including side effects. Additional corrective surgeries will need to be thoroughly reviewed.
Treatment Options for Spine Disorders
Pain management due to spine disorders follows a sequential treatment which begins with
- Medication, such as pain medications, muscle relaxants, or NSAIDS, including spinal steroid injections.
- Physical therapy to relax the muscles and train the correct way to use back muscles.
- Surgery in cases where pain disrupts daily life. Surgery will be necessary by open surgery to separate the muscles from the bone. In some cases, a part of the bone will need to be removed. Recovery will be long and the patients have a chance of relapse.
Spinal Interventions as a Non-surgical Approach
Interventional spine pain management focuses on finding the root cause of pain prior to treatment. The technique involves pain management without surgery by “injections” or “radiofrequency ablation” at the root cause of the pain. This depends on the type of pain and the location of the pain. The advantages of this type of treatment is that it can pinpoint the pain, lead to understanding the real cause of the pain. A pain intervention specialist helps diagnose and find the root cause by various methods to alleviate or cure the pain.
Who is Suitable for Intervention Approach?
- Patients with chronic pain that do not improve with medication and physical therapy and do not want surgery.
- Patients whose condition are not suitable for surgery, such as patients who are at risk for infection and elderly patients with comorbidity. The physician’s assessment is crucial to determine whether surgery is necessary or not.
Pain Intervention Approach
- The team of physicians will perform physical examination, assess medical history, X-ray, or MRI to determine the root cause of the pain.
- The doctor will consider pain intervention methods, which there are several treatment procedures depending on the level of pain, such as specific medication, physical therapy, spinal injection, or radiofrequency ablation.
- If the assessment turns out that the patient requires surgery, pain intervention specialist has a role in pinpointing the surgical point and helping the patient returns to their normal life.
Spin Intervention Treatment by the Spine Center Bangkok International Hospital
Bangkok International Hospital offers spine intervention treatment by a team of intervention specialists. We provide comprehensive patient care by a team of multidisciplinary physicians, such as pain intervention specialists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, anesthesiologists, rehabilitation medicine, etc. The team will work together to diagnosis the root cause of the pain as well as provide treatment options, including surgery, if necessary. The goal is to treat the pain, decrease unnecessary surgery, and help the patients get back to their normal lives quickly.