March 21, 2013

Introduction to the Helm Center for Pain Management’s blog


This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of blogs regarding interventional pain management.

The first issues are: What is Interventional Pain Management (IPM)?” and “How can it help me?”

There is a formal definition for IPM.  For the interested, it is:

“Interventional Pain Medicine is the discipline of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders principally with the application of interventional techniques in managing subacute, chronic, persistent, and intractable pain, independently or in conjunction with other modalities of treatment.

What this really means is that we at the Helm Center for Pain Management, a comprehensive pain clinic, use all possible appropriate therapies to treat pain.  This means injections, medications, reconditioning (you hurt when you get out of shape) and psychological support (you get depressed when you hurt.)

Interventional pain management treats all kinds of pain. The bulk of what we see is back pain, low or lumbar pain, thoracic pain and cervical pain.  But, we treat all kinds of pain, including neuropathic pain, such as fibromyalgia, post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) and complex regional pain syndrome, muscle and nerve pain and headache.  The bottom line is, if you have pain, we will work to help make your life better.  Do we at the Helm Center for Pain Management make guarantees?  No.  But, as long as you are interested in getting better, we will believe in you and do all we can to help you.  We do not support the abuse or diversion of opioids.  Often times, also, pain needs to be treated in conjunction with a psychiatrist helping with any psychiatric issues.  We are very understanding of psychiatric concerns, but the successful treatment of pain cannot be done if significant psychiatric issues are present if these issues are not addressed.

In short, we at the Helm Center for Pain Management treat pain, all types of pain.  We believe in you, the patient, and have access to the most current treatments.  We are locally, regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field.

Future topics will include the pathophysiology of pain; pain from disc herniations; pain from spinal stenosis; neuropathic pain; including fibromyalgia; headache, treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as relex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and the many injections for pain.  Of particular interest is the treatment of spinal stenosis.  Opioid treatment is a very important topic, also.  Look forward to our discussions of our experience treating pain outside of the United States!