If you’re still living with acute or chronic pain after numerous back-and-forth visits between your primary care provider and specialist or have little to no reduction in pain after undergoing prescription or over-the-counter drug therapies, interventional pain management may be an effective treatment alternative. Interventional pain management – as defined by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) – is a multidisciplinary approach to pain management in which a team of healthcare professionals works together to provide a full range of treatments and services for patients suffering from acute and/or chronic pain disorders. The pain management physicians at the Regional Pain Institute work in collaboration with other pain specialists to provide patients with advanced interventional pain management techniques for a variety of reasons: determine the source of pain, treat painful conditions, predict the outcome of treatments, and prevent other pain problems that could result from certain procedures. Listed below are a few of the treatment services available at our interventional pain management center:

Many of the interventional procedures noted above are done with the use of fluoroscopy (live x-ray guidance), which allows our pain management physicians to perform injections with increased accuracy and safety. Most of these interventional procedures take less than an hour and patients are able to walk away from our treatment center the same day. With an accurate diagnosis, our physicians and specialists will be able to determine if advanced interventional pain management is the best approach to treating your acute or chronic pain disorder. If so, they will help you decide what treatment option will be most effective in providing you with significant pain relief and the ability to experience an improved quality of life.

Joint Injection

Medications injected into joint to relieve pain, stiffness or inflammation.

Intrathecal Pump Implant

Implantation of pump to deliver pain medication into the spinal fluid.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Medications are injected into the epidural space (the area around the spinal cord but inside the vertebra of the spinal column) to relieve pain and/or diagnose a condition.

Sacroiliac Joint Injections

Medications are injected in the sacroiliac joint (the large connective tissue between the bottom and the pelvis) to relieve pain, stiffness or inflammation.

Nerve Root/Medial Branch Blocks

Nerve root blocks: Medications are injected around the nerve root. Medial branch blocks: Medications are injected around the small nerve branches to spinal joints.

Radiofrequency Rhizotomy

Radiofrequency rhizotomy destroys nerves in joints by using highly localized heat (All variations block pain signals from the spine to the brain).

Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty

A minimally invasive procedure commonly used in to treat severe, disabling pain caused by a vertebral fracture that does not improve over 2-4 weeks with pain medication and brace immobilization.

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

Peripheral nerve blocks are used for many types of surgical procedures as well as for analgesia from pain. Local anesthetic is injected near a nerve or nerves that control sensation and move to a specific part of the body.

Botox Injections

Treatment of migraine headache pain and severe nerve spasms.

Peripheral Nerve/Occipital/Spinal Cord Stimulators

Treat chronic back and leg pain, vascular insufficiency, peripheral neuropathy, migraine headaches. Electrical wires (leads) are placed around nerves or above the spinal cord for pain control.

Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

Injections into the sympathetic nerves of the spine to block certain painful conditions of the head and neck, arms or legs.

Trigger Point Injections

An injection directly into the trigger point of a muscle for pain management, making the trigger point inactive and relieving pain.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

Blood plasma enriched with autologous platelets injections that stimulate healing of bone, soft tissues, tendons and inflammation.

Discography

A diagnostic procedure done to show fissures in the lining of the disc for surgery-planning purposes.

Percutaneous Disc Decompression

A minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove damaged disc material in the lower back or neck. X-ray imaging and magnified video are used to guide the probe into the disc space.