Types of Treatment
We currently offer a wide range of injection options along with radiofrequency ablations to meet the needs of our patients with pain in the neck, arm, back or legs caused by spinal stenosis, spondylosis, herniated disc, degenerative disc, sciatica, injury plus many other conditions.
The most common services provided:
- Lumbar epidural steroid and facets joints in lumbar region
- Cervical, thoracic, lumbar steroid epidurals
- Cervical, thoracic, lumbar facet injections
- Trigger point injections
- SI injections
- Stellate ganglion block
- Piriformis injection
- Peripheral nerve block
- Median nerve block
- Occipital nerve block
- Joint/bursa injections
- Radiofrequency ablations
- Selective nerve root blocks
The nurse will give pre-op instructions 1-2 days prior to the procedure.
General instructions include:
- Stop taking blood thinners – your nurse will give you specific instructions on when to stop medications
- Do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours prior to the procedure
- Arrive one hour prior to the start of the procedure
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing
- Bring a responsible driver to drive you home – you will not be allowed to drive yourself home
Most procedures take approximately 20 minutes and are done under local (numbing medicine) anesthesia. However, some procedures and/or patients require use of an oral sedative (relaxing medicine given by mouth).
Most patients are able to go home 30 minutes after the procedure.
The most common complications after a procedure are:
- Soreness/bruising at the injection site
It is normal for the pain to return for a few days after the procedure while the steroid medicine begins to work.
Most treatment plans consist of three visits. A one-week follow-up will be done between visits and after the completion of the treatment plan. Since treatment plans vary from patient to patient, the nurse will give specific post-procedure instructions after each treatment.
You have a vital role in the success of your treatment plan by providing clear, accurate information about your pain. This information provides assistance in determining which treatment plan is best suited for you. It is also important to follow the treatment plan and any other instructions given.
When to seek help:
- Pain has been on/off for three months
- Pain that makes it difficult for you to sleep
- You have an illness/injuries that have healed but the pain is still there
- A family member is suffering and you have questions
- Pain that interferes with your daily activities
We work with our patient’s additional health care professionals by keeping the lines of communication open whether it is about current treatment options, results of the treatment plan or any other recommended treatments.