by E. Anthony Overton, DO, Ira D. Kornbluth, MD, Michael F. Saulino, MD, Michele Y. Holding, MD, Mitchell K. Freedman, DO
This self-directed learning module highlights strategies for interventional treatments for chronic pain disorders. It is part of the chapter on chronic pain in the Self-Directed Physiatric Education Program for practitioners in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Specifically, the first module reviews an interventional protocol for recalcitrant buttock and hip pain. The protocol includes hip and spinal injections, neuroablative lesioning, and percutaneous epidural neuroplasty. The second module reviews implantable treatments (spinal cord stimulation, implantable pumps) for intractable pain.