INTERVENTIONAL TREATMENTS IN THEATRE
If pain symptoms persist and do not respond to non-invasive measures, interventional pain management may be recommended. Some therapeutic injections are carried out in our outpatient clinic, but most patients are treated in a dedicated pain clinic theatre as a day case procedure. The aim of therapeutic injections, such as nerve blocks or joint injections, are to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Pulsed radiofrequency treatment for painful scars, disrupted spinal discs, intractable pain in neck, head, shoulders, thighs, knees and feet can be life changing. Radiofrequency ablation to painful spinal joints can give new lease of life to patients with long- lasting back pain and previous severe movement limitations. These procedures are always planned as part of a comprehensive treatment program.