Are you struggling with a chronic condition or an injury? Is pain interfering with daily life and keeping you from your favorite activities? At Renew Health in Tempe, Ariz., we believe pain relief doesn’t have to come in the form of a pill or surgery. We offer interventional injections and a variety of other solutions that can get your pain under control without the need for narcotics or invasive procedures.
What Are Interventional Injections?
Interventional injections are precisely placed injections that can offer temporary or long-lasting relief from pain. The injections deliver steroids, opioids, or other medications directly to the nerves as a way of easing a patient’s discomfort. Injections are one of the more popular forms of interventional pain management, and they can help with several different acute and chronic pain conditions:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Certain types of headaches
- Sports injuries such as chronic rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendonitis, and ACL or meniscus tears
- Overuse conditions such as plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Bone spurs
What Types of Interventional Injections Do You Offer?
X-Ray Guided Epidurals
X-ray guided epidurals are often used to alleviate pain in the arm, leg, lower back, or neck that is the result of irritation in the spinal nerves. This treatment involves the injection of a steroid into the outer layer of the spine, which surrounds many nerves. The precision of this injection means the steroid is delivered directly to the point where irritation is present.
These injections are performed as the patient lies on his or her stomach. We’ll begin by numbing the injection site with a local anesthetic. We’ll then use a live x-ray, also known as fluoroscopy, to guide the needle precisely into the epidural space. Most patients resume their normal activities the next day.
Facet joints are the joints that connect each of the vertebrae in your back. If a facet joint is injured, either as a result of a trauma or the aging process, it can lead to pain in the lower or middle back and, in some cases, the neck. A diagnostic injection, as well as a medical examination, is often performed to confirm the presence of Facet Joint Syndrome.
Diagnostic injections send an anesthetic to the facet joint that’s believed to be damaged. If that anesthetic reduces the pain, that’s a good sign that the facet is the cause of your pain. We’ll then design a facet treatment plan for you that may involve both anti-inflammatories or core-strengthening exercises.
Ablation is a unique treatment that causes targeted nerves to stop sending pain signals. It is often recommended for patients who have lower back, neck, and arthritic joint pain that hasn’t responded to physical therapy or pharmaceuticals. This minimally invasive treatment works by using radiofrequency to burn the nerve responsible for the pain, interrupting pain signal transmission. It can usually be performed in less than 45 minutes.
During this treatment, we’ll use a special x-ray to guide us as we place a thin needle in the area of concern. We’ll then use the needle to administer a radiofrequency current, which will heat the nerve in a way that disrupts the transmission of pain signals.
Depending on where your pain is, we may also perform injections in a major joint, such as the shoulder, hip, or knee. Some of these injections may be performed with the guidance of a live x-ray or ultrasound. Others may be more straightforward injections performed without accompanying imaging. The primary goal of these injections is to deliver medications like anesthetics or corticosteroids directly to the origin of your pain.
Some of these injections will provide long-lasting relief, and others are meant as a short-term solution while the body heals and the underlying cause of the pain is treated.
Who Are Interventional Injections Right For?
If you are experiencing inflammation and pain in a specific area, such as a joint, you may be a candidate for interventional pain management. Most patients seek us out if they are looking for relief from pain that is chronic or ongoing. These are patients who want a solution that doesn’t involve narcotics or surgery, or who aren’t candidates for narcotics or surgery.
In some cases, our patients have already tried pharmaceuticals, but they still experience pain or they’re struggling with side effects brought on by the medication they’ve been prescribed.
What Other Interventional Pain Management Techniques Do You Offer?
We use platelet-rich plasma treatments to address musculoskeletal conditions, joint pain, certain types of headaches, and other types of pain. When performing platelet-rich plasma injections, we’ll draw some of your blood and spin it in a centrifuge to separate the liquid part of it.
The liquid, otherwise known as plasma, is then injected into the area of the body that needs healing. Because plasma contains many growth factors, it supports healing and regeneration in the part of the body it is injected into.
Ketamine infusions, which are delivered through an IV, alleviate pain by resetting your body’s pain signals. These treatments are also used to address anxiety and mood disorders. The treatments themselves are brief, comfortable, and convenient. We recommend that patients eat a good meal after their treatment and get plenty of rest.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’re ready to explore interventional pain management, schedule an initial consultation with our practice. During your consultation, we’ll ask lots of questions about where you’re feeling pain and how severe it is. We’ll also review your medical history and perform a physical examination to diagnose the source of your pain. We’ll then develop a treatment plan for you that may include one or more interventional pain management techniques.
Are You Ready To Start Living Life to the Fullest?
Are you tired of being sidelined by pain? Does it feel as though you’ve exhausted every option when it comes to pain management? Don’t give up. Our expert approach to interventional pain management and interventional injections could be the solution you’ve been waiting for. We can help you get back to living life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.