Interventional Radiology pain management techniques are very effective for many types of spine and neck pain and some types of musculoskeletal pain. Depending on the source of the pain, IR techniques may be used to diagnose, deliver pain relief, or, in some cases, treat the underlying cause while providing pain relief.
Epidural Steroid Injection
The epidural steroid injection(ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves due to spinal stenosis or disc herniation. Medicines are delivered to the epidural space., which is a fat-filled area between bone and the protective sac of the spinal nerves. Pain relief may last several days or even years. The goal is to reduce so that you may resume normal activities and a physical therapy program.
A facet joint block or injection is a minimum invasive procedure in which a physician injects a small amount of local anesthetic and/or medication to numb facet joint and provide pain relief. Fluoroscopy, a form of real-time x-ray, or CT, is used to guide the placement of the needle into the facet joint.
A steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve pain caused by an inflamed joint. The cause of joint pain(arthritis, injury, degeneration) is not well understood. The procedure has two purposes. First, it can be used as a diagnostic test to see if the pain is actually coming from the joint. Second, it can be used as a treatment to relieve inflammation and pain caused by various conditions.