Numbness is a loss of feeling in a certain part of your body that’s sometimes accompanied by another sensation, such as a pins-and-needles burning, or tingling. Numbness can happen anywhere in the body; it can be isolated to one area, like a foot or on one of both sides of the body. Thankfully, there are treatment methods available to help with numbness. One of those treatments is interventional pain management. We’ve all had that feeling of pins and needles when our foot falls asleep. But sometimes numbness becomes a more serious problem. Here’s what you need to know numbness, what interventional pain management is and how it might be able to help your numbness.
What causes numbness?
There could be a number of reasons for persistent numbness. Most have to do with damage or compression of nerves in your body. One or several of your nerves may be affected, usually affecting the legs, feet, knees, ankles, and hips. Certain diseases, such as diabetes, Lyme disease, or multiple sclerosis, can cause numbness. It can also be caused by something as simple as a B-12 deficiency. A board-certified physician or neurologist can gather detailed information about your symptoms and do a full exam to help diagnose the cause of your numbness.
Interventional pain management
Once you’ve determined the cause of your numbness and worked to treat any underlying conditions, it’s now time to treat the numbness. Pain management specialists are specially trained to help you manage the symptoms of numbness so you can live a normal and productive life. One way they do that is to use interventional pain management treatments.
Interventional pain management is a comprehensive treatment of advanced medical procedures that aim to get to the root cause of your numbness or pain. With interventional pain management, physicians use minimally invasive procedures to interrupt the nervous system’s transmission of the pain-filled messages from the nerve endings to the brain. Interventional pain management seeks to disrupt the pain cycle, but it is also used to treat numbness. Interventional pain management procedures are designed to cause as little discomfort as possible while helping to treat your numbness. Treatment options are personalized for each patient based on cutting edge research
Interventional pain management treatments for numbness
Interventional pain management offers different treatments, many of which can help with numbness. Some of these treatments include:
- Nerve/pain blocks
- Epidural injections
- Botox® injections
- Steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Lumbar injections
Minimally invasive procedures, such as:
- Pump implants
- Electro thermal therapy
- Spinal cord stimulation
How do I know which treatment will help me?
A physician who specializes in pain management can discuss interventional pain management to treat your numbness. Which treatment you use will depend on the type and severity of your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments, to include physical therapies, acupuncture, and even a diet evaluation.
The board-certified physicians at Balcones Pain Consultants are here to provide you with interventional pain treatment techniques that can lessen or alleviate numbness and/or chronic pain. To schedule an appointment at the Balcones Pain Consultants location near you, call (512) 834-4141 or use our Online Appointment Request Form.