Interventional Pain Management: Techniques for Relieving Pain

Orthopaedic & Spine Center
Pain Management

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.