Interventional pain therapy

The Schmerzklinik Basel has an Intermediate Care unit with 12 intensive care beds for the administration and supervision of treatments for outpatients. Specialist nursing staff from the anaesthesia and intensive care medicine departments administer the necessary infusions on medical instruction and monitor vital signs.

Referrals for these procedures come both from the outpatient and inpatient sector of the Schmerzklinik and from community-based colleagues who are unwilling or unable to perform these infusion treatments in their practice. An anaesthetist is always on hand. There is some pain that cannot be relieved by physiotherapeutic, medicinal or other conservative treatments. In most cases this is associated with chronic disorders of the locomotor apparatus following injury, surgery or as a result of age-related changes. Frequently the resultant pain is complicated by what is known as pain memory. In this case, specialists from the Interventional Pain Diagnosis and Therapy department provide additional help with special treatment methods.

If causal treatment of chronic pain is no longer possible, methods for symptomatic pain control that are technologically very effective are available in the form of interventional pain therapy. These range from targeted infiltrations of autonomic and sensory nerves (step therapy), via catheter treatments (for example in scars) and targeted electrotherapy (with pulsed and warm radio frequency) of nerves and discs, to the implantation of electrical spinal cord stimulators or pump systems.

In most cases, the procedures are carried out on an outpatient basis, otherwise a stay is booked on the clinic‘s own ward to allow the correct action to be taken in the event of an infusion reaction.