Chronic abdominal pain affects up to 20% of Americans. After treatable causes of pain have been addressed, many people are still left with pain, which sometimes can be severe and debilitating.
There are several interventional pain management options available, including diagnostic injections to help pinpoint the cause of abdominal pain. After identifying the cause of abdominal pain, we can offer pain treatment options.
Step one is to differentiate the cause:
This is a clinical diagnosis. However, in certain circumstances, a differential block will help determine the diagnosis. For example, if the pain is visceral, injection can help localize the pain to the upper or lower abdomen or pelvis.
Visceral injections to localize the cause of pain include:
If the diagnostic injection produces pain relief, a neurolytic procedure may be a treatment option. Upper abdominal pain may be treated using a procedure such as a radiofrequency ablation of the splanchnic nerves.
Due to the incidence of chronic abdominal pain, new patients will not be accepted for medical management.
If you are interested in learning how about treatment options to manage your abdominal pain, please contact our pain management experts at The Spine and Pain Institute of New York in Manhattan, New York and Staten Island, New York. We would be happy to make an appointment for a consultation and provide additional information about other treatment options.