Photo by JESHOOTS on Unsplash
Opioids are predominantly seen as the primary method of care for acute and chronic pain across the healthcare space. It is a focus that has been the root cause of addiction to this format of medication for decades - a phenomenon might be in need of change going into the future.
One of the primary methods of slowly shifting from such a scenario is Interventional Pain Management (IPM) which are a spectrum of interventional methods such as nerve blocks or surgeries that can, once performed, allow for the body to feel less pain. These methods are typically observed when the pain that an individual feels is enough to dictate or impact their daily activities.
Interventional methods exist for such a pain that can take away the necessity of opioid treatment/relief plans. These can range from:
- Nerve Blocks - these are methods to impede pain transmissions through the nervous system through procedures such as surgery
- Injections - some common forms of this can range from various types of joint injections to epidural shots that can numb regions of pain.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation - this is a form of electrotherapy where currents are applied to the regions of pain at the spinal column, blocking pain transmission to the brain again
These are just a few of the many IPM methods used today. Methods like these advance the treatment landscape by providing variety to the format in which pain can be regulated is monumental for patients. It provides them the ability to choose a treatment that is most effective for them, while ensuring for minimal long term effects. This type of treatment is huge for the progression of the healthcare space. Going into the future the use of IPMs can play a major role in preventing the consequences of opioid misuse through an overall reduction of prescription rates.