It has been said before and it will surely be said again in the future: pain is not real but merely the effects of the brain telling the body that something hurts. Now, debating philosophy and other life views isn’t the aim here – when people are hurting, they just want to be rid of the pain, regardless of the merits behind it. Whether through a physical procedure like surgery, drug treatment or even the right kind of stimulation in the spinal cord, there are many effective ways to stop pain simply by getting the brain to cease sending those signals.

This is not necessarily a good idea; for people working physical jobs or heavy labor, or who face a real risk of great bodily harm for some other regular reason, not feeling pain could be a bad thing. Just because one can’t feel the hurt doesn’t mean damage isn’t being done to the body. However, for those lying around home on the mend with little risk of getting hurt while they can’t feel it, a nerve block is just one great way to get interventional pain management under control. Anesthetic is applied directly to a nerve and so the pain signals also stop.

Besides blocking out signals from being sent or received, sensory over-stimulation can also stop aching and has proven an effective tool for interventional pain management. For some patients suffering from acute pain, stimulating the spinal cord to cause an overwhelming tingling sensation can effectively drown out the signals for pain, which are meager in comparison to those signals sent by a good spinal cord stimulator. Only someone trained in the use of such a device should be allowed to implement it upon a patient; nobody should try using this device on him or herself personally.

Besides spinal stimulation and nerve overload, there is at least one other good way to get interventional pain management. Radiotherapy, in which a mild dose of radiation is used and acts as an analgesic for those suffering, is emerging as an effective way to deal with nerve pain in patients suffering from the presence and growth of tumors. This is no treatment to be done at home and the patient must seek help at some hospital or another but the pain relief from that little bit of radiation has been known to last for several months.