Treatment and Procedures:
Epidural Steroid Injections
An epidural steroid injection is a very effective, low risk, a minimally invasive treatment used to treat chronic pain in the neck, arms, back, and legs. Epidural steroid injections have been a mainstay of pain management for over 60 years because they work well; several types are available depending on a patient's condition.
Nerve blocks, or neural blockades, are procedures that can help prevent or manage many different types of intractable pain. They’re often injections of medicines that block the pain from specific nerves. They’re meant to bring pain relief rather than a total loss of feeling.
The sympathetic nervous system is controlled by nerves called ganglions. One large ganglion, called the stellate ganglion, helps control nerves in the upper body. In the lower body, nerves are controlled by several ganglions that make up the sympathetic chain. Examples of conditions for which a sympathetic nerve block might be used include pain from spasms in the blood vessels, complex regional pain syndrome, Raynaud's syndrome, and some types of chronic stomach pain.
Trigger Point Injections
The cause of your muscle pain or spasms may be one or more trigger points. Your healthcare provider may decide to inject the painful spots to relax the muscle. This can help relieve your pain. Relaxing the muscle can also make movement easier. You may then be able to exercise to strengthen the muscle and help it heal.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Used to treat chronic pain caused by spinal injury or deterioration due to conditions relating to vertebrae and intervertebral discs which may in turn affect the nerves in the area. The most common condition treated is degenerative arthritis of the facet joints in the neck or back. RFA uses thermal energy to deaden tiny nerve endings.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulation is one treatment for chronic pain. A small medical device sends signals to your spinal cord. These signals keep chronic pain messages from being sent to your brain. Instead, you may feel tingling from the electrical signals.