Learn more about the interventional procedures that are common to Rocky Mountain Pain Specialists.
Many of our procedures use a steroid injection to decrease pain and inflammation. Others use numbing agents, electrical stimulation, or stem cell therapy.
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Facet Joint Injections
A facet joint injection is a steroid injection in the facet joint. Facet joints are found throughout the neck and back and are common sources of pain. This procedure numbs the area and helps block the pain. Using a facet joint injection can help the patient better tolerate rehabilitation therapies. This injection can also be done with PRP or stem cell therapy.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers a steroid directly into the epidural space to help reduce inflammation and flush out waste from the affected area. The epidural space is an area near the spinal cord. Nerves travel through this area on the way to the body. This procedure will block pain that is generated from the spinal cord and nerves.
Trigger Point Injections
A trigger point injection is a procedure used to relieve back pain, neck pain, or headaches caused by muscle trigger points. Numbing agents are injected directly in the trigger point to make the muscle relax and alleviate pain.
SI Joint Injections
A sacroiliac joint injection is a steroid injection directly into the sacroiliac, or SI, joint. The SI joint is located at the base of the low back and often causes low back and buttock pain. This injection is used to both diagnose and provide therapeutic pain relief for the patient. This injection can also be done with PRP or stem cell therapy.
Discography is a diagnostic procedure that is used to determine if one or more discs are the cause of back pain. The joint space is injected with a sterile liquid to see if the patient gets a response from the injection. This is often followed up by another procedure to reduce the pain coming from this area. This therapy can also be done with PRP or stem cell therapy.
Using stem cells and other regenerative therapies, we can improve function and reduce pain. This natural source of relief is a popular treatment in our office.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
Spinal cord stimulation uses a small medical device that is implanted into the spinal canal to interrupt pain signals and replace the pain sensation with mild tingling known as paresthesia. A trial is typically performed by a pain specialists prior to full implantation.
Kyphoplasty is a procedure in which an instrument is introduced into the vertebra with a balloon. That balloon is inflated to expand the bone. The space is then filled with a bone cement mixture to help correct deformity and restore spine height.
Medial Branch Block
A medial branch block diagnostic procedure in which the doctor uses a steroid injection to numb the area surrounding a nerve. If the patient responds well, the provider will use radiofrequency ablation on those nerves to reduce pain.
Radiofrequency ablation uses radio waves that heat and damage the nerves in the affected area. This gives longer term pain relief than most other forms of injections.
Occipital Nerve Block
An occipital nerve block is a procedure in which a steroid injection is used to help reduce swelling and inflammation of the tissue around the occipital nerves. This then helps reduce pain and irritation of the nerves and surrounding area. This procedure is often used to reduce headaches.
Sphenopalatine Nerve Block
During a sphenopalatine nerve block a small applicator is inserted into the nostril cavity. This applicator drips local anesthetic into the back of the nasal cavity is absorbed into the surrounding area. This area has the sphenopalatine bone, which cause facial pain.