Pain Management Overview

Many pain conditions can be treated with injections or more advanced procedures, and they can be an important part of your overall treatment plan. The type of procedure which may benefit you is determined by many factors to include your symptoms, history and x-ray or MRI results.

Injections of the spine are generally performed with real-time x-ray guidance, while injections of the joints (knees, shoulders, etc) may be performed with ultrasound guidance. Some procedures are performed as a series spread over weeks to months, while others are performed less frequently. Your physician will discuss the pros and cons of the procedure they recommend, but some general considerations and frequently asked questions are included below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my procedure be performed?

Most procedures and injections are performed under sterile conditions in an outpatient procedure suite. There are some procedures that are performed in same day surgical centers.

Are these procedures safe?

Pain procedures are effective and safe. Although side-effects to pain procedures are extremely rare, the use of proper technique by our highly trained physicians further reduces these risks. The procedures we perform are all well-studied and supported in the medical literature, and are all performed per the guidelines of leading pain associations.

Will I be asleep for my injection?

The use of intravenous sedation is an unnecessary added risk for the procedures listed below, and your feedback is also required during some treatments. However, your physician will use local anesthetic (Lidocaine) to numb the site of your treatment, and will ensure that you are comfortable.

Can I drive myself home afterwards?

As a precaution you may be required to not drive following some procedures. Ask your provider before your scheduled procedure date. You may be asked to come to your procedure appointment with an escort.

You must inform your health-care provider if:

  1. You are experiencing fevers, chills within the last few days and/or are taking antibiotics for any reason
  2. You are allergic to any medications or iodine.
  3. You are taking any blood-thinners, such as Coumadin, Plavix or Aspirin.
  4. If you are taking blood-thinners, we ask that you must receive clearance from the prescribing provider to stop them temporarily for most pain procedures.
  5. There is any chance you could be pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant

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