If Interventional Procedures are not effective in treating our Pain Condition, various medical management options will be offered to try.
It depends on the Pain Condition as well as the type of procedure. The relief is rarely immediate, it may take a few days up to a few weeks until you get relief.
With the advancement of technology, we can perform minimally invasive surgery at our facility to treat conditions such as Disk Herniation/Bulging and Vertebral Compression Fracture. If we are unable to assist you with your pain condition, appropriate surgical referral will be made.
You will have a full consultation and physical exam by our staff on a separate day before your procedure. The procedure as well as pre-procedure instructions will be given to you at that time and all your questions will be answered.
It depends on the Pain Condition for which the steroid is injected. As well as the physical condition and well-being of the patient. A series of three steroid injections could last for a year or longer.
Most procedures will be less than 30 minutes.
In most cases, you should be able to go home about 30-45 minutes after the procedure is done.
Most patients will receive intravenous sedation during the procedure and are very comfortable. There is no need for general anesthesia for these procedures.
Steroids decrease the local inflammation in the area of injection. In many cases the local inflammation is the cause of the pain and therefore reducing or eliminating the inflammation should cure your pain.
Since the injections are done locally and precisely using a fluoroscope (x-ray) machine, the amount of steroid injected is very small. Steroid side effects are dose dependent and at these small doses rarely one develops side effects.
Most of the steroid injections are safe up to six times per year. The number of steroid injections needed by a patient depends upon their response to the injections.
Procedures can vary completely in the type that are done but the basic premise is to find the nerve or joint that is painful and guide placement medication upon that region. This can be done by different modalities, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound or trigger point type injections. To make the procedure more comfortable, we can offer sedation, if needed.
During your first visit, you will have a comprehensive medical examination where several people with sit with you and review your pertinent history. A detailed and through medical exam with be tailored to identify specific musculoskeletal pathologies. After a throughout exam, we will formulate a targeted treatment options and modalities that are targeted to you uniquely.
Pain is a warning system, alerting you that something is wrong your body. Neurons are specialized nerve cells that transmit pain signals are found throughout the skin and others. Most forms of pain can be divided into two general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary. It can last a few seconds or longer but wanes as healing occurs. Some examples of things that may cause acute pain include burns, cuts, and fractures. Chronic pain, such as that seen in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, ranges from mild to severe and can last a lifetime.