When you have back or neck pain, or pain that originates from your spine, the Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, in Englewood, New Jersey, offers interventional spine procedures to restore pain-free mobility. The team of highly skilled doctors perform epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, medial branch block (MBB) injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and radiofrequency ablation at affiliate facilities, such as Hudson Crossing Surgery Center, Teaneck Surgical Center, and Englewood Hospital. Find out if interventional spine procedures can alleviate your discomfort by calling Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, or using the online form.
Interventional spine procedures are injections or other treatments that alleviate pain that originates in or around your spine. Sometimes your doctor recommends a diagnostic interventional spine procedure to confirm the source of your pain.
At Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, the doctors recommend epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, medial branch block (MBB) injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and radiofrequency ablation if your pain hasn’t responded to other therapies.
They perform interventional spine procedures in a hospital setting and use X-ray imaging to guide the injection or therapy.
If you have pain in your arms or legs, it may be caused by a pinched nerve in your spine. If so, your doctor injects a corticosteroid into the epidural space near the affected nerve to alleviate inflammation. The epidural space lies outside the membrane that protects your spinal cord.
Your facet joints connect your vertebrae and allow your spine to move in various directions. When your facet joints degrade or become inflamed, they can cause pain in your:
Your doctor either injects an anesthetic into the facet joint or into the nerve branches that extend outward from the facet joint, known as the medial branches.
The medial branches are the nerves that supply the facet joints. If you have pain that originates in your facet joints, your doctor may inject an anesthetic into the medial branches to stop the pain signals.
The sacroiliac joints connect your lower back (i.e., sacrum) to each side of your pelvis (i.e., ileum). Usually, you only have pain in one sacroiliac joint, which could radiate to your lower back, buttocks, or leg. Your doctor injects the sacroiliac joint with an anesthetic to dull the pain.
Spine injections help your doctor locate the source of your pain and reduce it with anesthetics or steroids. However, the medication wears off. Once your doctor has identified the nerves involved in your pain, they may recommend destroying the nerve tissue with radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
In RFA, your doctor heats up nerve tissue with radio waves, so the nerve can’t transmit pain signals. Pain relief with RFA can last for a year or many years.
Contact Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC, about interventional spine procedures by phone or online form.