What Minimally Invasive Pain Management Procedures Can Be Used?

As any Pain Doctor will tell you: “Pain interventional therapy is regarded as the most promising medical technology in the 21st century”. It refers to clinical treatment technology based on neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and nerve block technology to treat pain diseases. Compared with traditional destructive surgery, interventional [and minimally invasive] pain therapy, is considered a better and more economical choice of treatment [1]

Did You Know?

Relieving many forms of pain through minimally invasive proven procedures incorporates a Pain Specialist using a broad spectrum of cutting-edge techniques that are far less severe than open surgery.


Living with pain can negatively affect every aspects of our lives: our family, our relationships, our work, our daily activities, and our state of mind. For many, the happiness that they once knew prior to being overcome by daily pain, has all but disappeared into the ether. And this is why demand for the plethora of minimally invasive treatment options provided by Pain Specialists at the London Pain Clinic, has skyrocketed. And as patients can have a short procedure in their lunchtime, or after work, this solution to ameliorating their pain is even more viable. Moreover, London Pain Clinic patients have the option of having their initial consultation with a Pain Doctor, online.

Different Types of Minimally Invasive Pain Procedures

•Injections for Long-Term Pain: There are a number of different types of injection treatments for addressing chronic pain and its associated symptoms. The various forms of injections comprise: selective nerve root block injections, epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections, facet joint block injections, facet rhizotomy injections, and sacroiliac joint block injections
•Prolotherapy: This procedure involves the Pain Doctor injecting an irritating substance into the patient’s body in order to provoke a healing response. This in turn, serves to repair and strengthen painful and injured joints and connective tissue
•Spinal Cord Stimulation: This involves the Pain Specialist placing electrodes near the spinal cord in order to transmit a low-voltage electrical current which can ameliorate pain
•Pain Pump: This system of pain relief incorporates both a supply of pain medication, and a pump which distributes medication to a specific region close to the spinal cord. (The latter is done via a catheter). This pain relief system is excellent for patients who are not able to tolerate oral medications
•Nerve Ablation: This procedure refers the ablation (destruction) of nerves for the purpose of reducing various types of long-term pain. Once the nerves are destroyed, the pain signals become blocked. There are various categories of nerve ablation: neurotomy, radiofrequency ablation, rhizotomy and cryoablation. Of note: the nerves do grow back, so to that end, this form of pain relief must be repeated
•Nerve Block: This entails the Pain Doctor injecting this nerve-numbing medication into the patient’s body in order to block their pain
•Endovenous Ablation: This is a procedure which cauterises and closes varicose veins. The Pain Consultant may use radiofrequency or a laser
•Phlebectomy: This refers to a minimally invasive procedure which involves the Pain Doctor applying small incisions in order to remove varicose veins which are positioned just under the skin’s surface
•Sclerotherapy: This describes a treatment which fades both small varicose veins and spider veins. The Pain Doctor injects a special solution into the vein: this makes the vein scar, and thus forces the blood to reroute via healthier veins


[1]. Hua Y, Wu D, Gao T, Liu L, He Y, Ding Y, Rao Q, Wu Q, Zhao Z. Minimally invasive interventional therapy for pain. J Interv Med. 2023 Mar 7;6(2):64-68.