We have many options to manage your pain - other than medications. We always start with the most effective (and least expensive) options first.
IMS is an option that can be done at every office visit. IMS is preformed with a acupuncture needle...but is very different from acupuncture. Acupuncture stays on the surface of your skin. IMS goes into the muscle and may touch the bone. This stimulates an electric impulse which triggers your own bodys natural pain medication and stimulates the muscle to relax. In turn, this releases tension and pressure on the pain areas and increase your range of motion. Patients have found great relief with this specific procedure.
These injections are "test" procedures. They are not meant to last long but rather pinpoint where your pain is generated.
Epidural Steroid Injections use an anesthetic and steroid medication injected into the patient's epidural space around the spinal cord to relieve or diagnose a specific spinal condition. This injection is indicated to relieve pain in the back or neck and radicular symptoms caused by pinched nerves in the cervical spine, thoracic, lumbar or caudal spine.
The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A Facet Joint Injection performed under x-ray guidance may help diagnose the source of a patient's pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.
This procedure is preformed to relieve leg pain caused by complex regional pain syndromes, which may develop after an injury to a joint or limb. Usually a series of injections are needed to treat the problem.
This diagnostic procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex, and twist. If the temporary injection relieves the patients pain, more long-lasting anesthetic may be injected.
This minimally-invasive procedure reduces or eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals. This procedure is performed with local anesthetic.
A radiofrequency electrode is inserted through the cannula. The electrode's position is tested by administering a weak electric current. If the stimulation recreates the pain without any other muscular effects, the electrode is positioned correctly. The electrode is used to heat and cauterize the nerve. This disrupts its ability to communicate with the brain, blocking the pain signals. This treatment will eliminate pain for 6-24 months.
This injection can both diagnose and treat pain coming from the sympathetic nerves. It is a common treatment for shingles and complex regional pain syndromes affecting the head, face, neck, or arms. Usually a series of these injections is needed to treat the problem.