Long-Term Pain Management In The Grand Junction Area
What We Do At Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists
At Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists, we provide solutions for those who have been looking to surgery, medications, and even physical therapy to mitigate their pain to no avail. But this begs the question, how do we do it? The short answer is that we utilize interventional pain management techniques, but that surely doesn’t provide the full picture.
We provide treatments to mitigate pain that do not require narcotics or invasive procedures, making them a sustainable and preferable option to the treatments that have been wearing you down while failing to manage your pain. That being said, let’s look into some specific treatments that we offer.
One of the most common interventional pain treatments we offer is called a sympathetic block. A sympathetic block targets a part of the central nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system chain! Sympathetic blocks work to target and recalibrate the neuropathic pain cycle that is serving as the cause of your pain. We often use sympathetic blocks to treat abdominal pain, back pain, pelvic pain, neck pain, and general neuropathic pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Another common technique we use is called spinal cord stimulation. To execute spinal cord stimulation, we implant a spinal cord stimulation in the spinal cord. We use this device to intentionally target fibers in the spinal cord that are communicating pain from the spinal cord to the brain. This effectively blocks the pain from being registered.
This process starts with a temporary implant, and you’ll sport that for four days. If all is well and effective, we can proceed with a permanent spinal cord stimulator implant. We have the facility to implant our temporary implants, but we’ll use a hospital’s facilities to expertly implant the permanent stimulator. Spinal cord stimulation can be a successful interventional pain treatment for back pain, hip pain, abdominal pain, phantom limb pain, concrete regional pain syndrome, and failed back surgery syndrome.
Epidural Steroid Injections
This interventional pain treatment involves injecting an epidural steroid into the spinal cord. This treatment isn’t as specified as the ones we’ve previously talked about, but it can be extremely effective to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain affecting the spinal structure, which all contribute to helping you mitigate the pain you’re experiencing. This technique is used to help back and neck pain.
Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Think of these similar to the previous injection we discussed, however instead of targeting the spinal structure, this injection works to mitigate and diagnose pain. A steroid and anesthetic are injected into a sacroiliac joint. If all goes according to plan, this will diagnose the source of your pain, serving to help us better understand and address the pain you’re experiencing. Sacroiliac joint injections are used to help mitigate back and buttock pain.
Radiofrequency Ablation Neurotomy
This technique addresses some specific nerves in your spine to diagnose where your pain is stemming from. Once we successfully diagnose the nerves causing your pain, we’ll administer a numbing solution to your nerve ends. From there, when you’re pain dissipates, we can diagnose which nerve(s) your pain is stemming from to then address the issue. Now is the time for the radiofrequency ablation neurotomy — this entails a special needle we insert into the affected nerves. Then, this needle is heated to a point where it removes the nerves causing your pain. Then, there is no source for your pain, thus no pain! This is usually used to deal with knee and back pain.
Selective Nerve Root Block
This is similar to radiofrequency ablation neurotomy, except the nerves aren’t destroyed to mitigate pain. We’ll administer the numbing solution to nerves to diagnose the source of your pain, and then once you’ve been diagnosed, we administer our block to the selected nerves’ roots which then reduces swelling and inflammation, and thus your pain. We use this for pain that runs through the legs as well as back pain.
Occipital Nerve Blocks
Occipital nerves are located at the base of the skull, and can be the cause of chronic headaches and neck pain. The nerve block we administer consists of a numbing agent and a steroid, and reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain. As we mentioned above, this can help neck pain and chronic headaches.
Vertebroplasty And Kyphoplasty
While they’re two different methods, they entail similar methods of applications. Both involve a special type of bone cement that is injected into any spinal compression fractures to fill that space and mitigate the pain you experience.
Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists
We hope this blog has helped you understand some ways that we can help you overcome the pain that’s affecting your life. If you’d like to learn more or get started with us, please contact us today via the form below.