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Interventional therapies for back pain

Tom Smith and Adnan Alkaisy

in Back Pain

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199609772
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199609772.003.0011

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Interventional therapies for back pain

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• Back pain is complex and requires a biopsychosocial model. Interventions target the biological factors • Targets include nociceptive, inflammatory, neuropathic, and central pain processing mechanisms • Interventions may be termed ‘diagnostic’ when used to determine whether a particular mechanism is involved, and/or ‘therapeutic’ when the aim is to produce a lasting benefit • Interventions can produce marked pain relief. The success rate of interventional therapy is dependent on careful patient selection (history, examination, and investigations) to match likely pain mechanisms to an appropriate intervention.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine ; Pain Medicine

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