If you’ve been hurt at work and are looking for treatment through your worker’s compensation claim, there’s a lot to consider. You likely want to reduce and, ideally, eliminate pain as soon as possible so you can get back to work and life. But where should you start? Find out if your worker’s compensation plan gives you access to interventional pain procedures. Dr. Robert Kawasaki, a workers compensation doctor in Lakewood, Colorado, explains what they are and how they can help.

“Interventional pain procedures involve the use of minimally invasive techniques to treat pain,” says Dr. Kawasaki. “These procedures can have a big impact when other conservative treatments, such as medication or physical therapy, have not provided sufficient relief.”

Interventional pain procedures can be used to treat a wide range of painful conditions, including pain from injuries to the back, neck, and other joints, and even can be used to treat recurring headaches. These procedures are performed by trained pain management specialists, may be included in your worker’s compensation care, and can often be performed on an outpatient basis with minimal recovery time. They can provide long-lasting pain relief and improve the quality of life for many patients.

Here are three types of interventional pain treatments that help many worker’s compensation patients:

  • Interventional spinal injections for pain
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Physical therapy