by Raj N. Sureja, MD
Interventional Pain Management (IPM) is the medical subspecialty that is devoted to the identification and treatment of acute or chronic pain disorders. As an IPM physician, I interpret the patient’s pain in the context of their clinical history, physical examination, and diagnostic imaging to locate the patient’s pain generator(s). An example of a pain generator is an inflamed vertebra in the spine or an irritated sciatic nerve that affects the lower back, buttock, and/or leg. The goal of treatment is to reduce or eliminate pain, improve function and quality of life, and facilitate the return to work.