Pain Management

Chronic pain from spinal disorders is frustrating for both patients and healthcare providers. It is often difficult to treat with few options other than narcotic analgesia that can result in a host of additional problems. Depending upon the pain etiology, Interventional Radiologist may provide additional treatment options.

Vertebroplasty: Vertebroplasty is minimally invasive procedure used to treat acute and sub-acute vertebral compression fractures that have occurred as a result of osteoporotic or metastaic disease. Interventional Radiologists insert a small catheter into the compressed vertebrae and inject a special bone cement that stabilizes the fracture. Studies have shown 96% of patients undergoing vertebroplasty remain satisfied with outcomes 15-18 months
following the procedure.

Spinal Injections: Back pain etiologies are often multi-factorial. Determining the exact location and etiology of the pain is essential to planning the most appropriate treatment option. Through the use of various imaging techniques, physical examination and patient history, Interventional Radiologists often can identify the source of pain and provide
palliative treatment.

Celiac Block: Celiac blocks are used to treat chronic abdominal pain that is the usually the result of pancreatitis or a malignant process. The Interventional Radiologist, under CT guidance, inserts a very small needle into the nerve tissue supplying the affected area and injects a neurolytic agent. Approximately 73% of patients with malignant disease attain
some degree of pain relief.

Other pain management services include: Percutaneous Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic compression fracture or metastatic disease, Epidural injections, nerve root blocks, Facet & SI joint injections: for leg or back pain, Celiac plexus blocks for abdominal pain, Discography to diagnose pain from degenerative disc disease.