Interventional pain management consists of minimally invasive procedures to reduce pain. Pain management typically utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to managing joint and back pain. Therapeutic injection procedures are performed by specially trained clinicians and can be done in our office under fluoroscopy (x-ray) guidance. The interventionalist coordinates closely with other specialists such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and surgeons to manage pain and improve function.
Epidural steroid injection
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) involves injecting medications (steroid and anesthetic) along the nerve roots, which are attached to the spinal column. When one of the spinal cord nerve roots becomes compressed and irritated, it can produce neck and/or back pain along with numbness, tingling and occasionally extremity weakness. If the injection provides pain relief for the patient, it can help identify the specific source of pain. This is a safe procedure performed by a fully trained and qualified physician utilizing fluoroscopic guidance. The procedure can be both diagnostic and therapeutic, helping surgeons identify the source of pain while at the same time affording relief.