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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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