Procedures

Procedures

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Valley Pain Consultants is dedicated to providing patient education information to our patients, their families and their referring physicians throughout the community. In the procedure descriptions below, you will find printable information and instructions on what to expect when you, a member of your family or a friend are considering or are scheduled for one of the procedures performed by our providers. Valley encourages you to print the relevant procedure description in advance of your appointment, or feel free to request a copy from your provider, Medical Assistant or a member of the front office team.

 

Blood Patch

An epidural blood patch is a procedure that is performed when a spinal fluid leak is present and causing significant symptoms.

Bursa Injection

A bursa injection is a diagnostic and therapeutic injection performed into a bursa (cushion-like sac positioned between surfaces in the body; most commonly joints like the shoulder and hip).

Continuous Epidural Infusion

A continuous epidural infusion is the placement of a temporary catheter into your spine used as a short screening trial for the intrathecal pump (“spinal pain pump”).

Discogram

A discogram is a diagnostic injection performed into a spinal disc (cushion-like structure between the vertebrae).

Electromyography

Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure used to assess the health of muscles and the nerves that control them. Electrical signals travel along the nerve and cause the muscles to contract.

Epidural Steroid Injection

An epidural steroid injection is a steroid injection into the epidural space given to decrease pain and inflammation; this injection can also assist in diagnosis.

Facet Joint Injection

A facet joint injection is an injection given to decrease pain and inflammation and to confirm a specific diagnosis.

Intra-articular Steroid Injection (Hip)

An intra-articular steroid injection of the hip refers to an injection into the hip joint.

Intra-articular Steroid Injection (Shoulder and Knee)

An intra-articular steroid injection refers to an injection into a joint.

Intrathecal Pump

An intrathecal pump is a device surgically implanted into the abdomen or back that delivers pain medication through a catheter directly into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord (the intrathecal space).

Kyphoplasty

Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used for compression fractures in the vertebrae (the small bones that make up the spinal column), usually caused by osteoporosis.

Lidocaine Infusion

A lidocaine infusion is an outpatient procedure in which lidocaine (a local anesthetic) is infused through an IV to treat certain types of neuropathic/nerve pain.

Medial Branch Block

A medial branch block is a procedure used to determine the cause of neck or back pain.

MILD Procedure (Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression)

The MILD procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that is effective for some causes of spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal.

Muscle Injection

A muscle injection is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax.

Occipital Nerve Block

An occipital nerve block is done when there is inflammation of the occipital nerves (located in the back of the head) that is causing headaches.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is used for musculoskeletal pain or injury which is either unresolved after eight weeks, or, if earlier, where enhanced healing is desired.

RACZ

RACZ procedure is used to dissolve some of the scar tissue from around entrapped nerves in the epidural space so that medications can reach the affected areas.

Radiofrequency Lesioning

Radiofrequency (RF) lesioning is a procedure using a specialized machine that disrupts nerve conduction along nerves transmitting pain impulses by applying heat lesions.

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

A sacroiliac (SI) joint injection is given when there is inflammation in one or both of the SI joints, which is located in the buttocks.

Selective Nerve Block

A selective nerve block is an injection that is performed to determine if a specific nerve root is the source of the pain, typically at the request of a spine surgeon in order to verify the appropriate level of surgery.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

A spinal cord stimulator is a specialized device, which stimulates nerves by tiny electrical impulses via small electrical wires placed in the epidural space just outside the spinal space.

Sympathetic Nerve Block

A sympathetic nerve block is an injection that is performed to alleviate a specific type of neuropathic pain (nerve pain) that can occur after trauma or surgery.

Trigger Point Injection

A trigger point injection is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax.

Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used for compression fractures in the vertebrae (the small bones that make up the spinal column), usually caused by osteoporosis.

Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation is a treatment option for osteoarthritis of the knee.