Welcome back to the Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists blog page. Today, we’re going to talk about something many of you may be familiar with — why we’re your best bet for pain management services. Our facility in Grand Junction is a great place filled with great people who are committed to helping you manage your pain, whether it’s chronic or acute. Keep reading to learn why we’re the perfect solution when it comes to mitigating your pain. 

What We Do

While you don’t need to be in a position to benefit from the work we do, our practice is a prime location for those of you who have tried an extensive list of pain management treatments, from physical therapy to invasive surgery. Or perhaps you’re tired of using narcotics to mitigate your pain while you make no forward progress. No matter your situation, we’re here to provide non-narcotic, non-surgical, and minimally invasive pain management solutions to improve your quality of life.

We know how derailing, stressful, and depressing it is to deal with unbearable pain day-in and day-out. And that’s why we’ve committed our careers to making life easier for those suffering from pain. We specialize in interventional pain management — let’s take a look at what treatments we offer, and how they can help you.

Sympathetic Block

Intended to treat the sympathetic nervous system, an aspect of the central nervous system. Specifically, a sympathetic block targets the sympathetic nervous system chain, a component within our spines. This part of the body is responsible for neuropathic pain, and a sympathetic block effectively blocks neuropathic pain from traveling through the sympathetic nervous system. Additionally, a sympathetic block works to reset the neuropathic pain cycle that is responsible for the pain you’re looking to manage. 

How A Sympathetic Block Works

Sympathetic blocks are administered via an injection in the cervical spine, lumbar spine, abdomen, and/or pelvis. Typically, a sympathetic block treatment requires two separate injections that are spaced between 10 and 14 days apart. 

Sympathetic blocks can be effective at managing:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • General Neuropathic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation is an incredible innovation in pain management that can provide incredible benefits to people experiencing a wide variety of pain-types. The procedure utilizes a spinal cord stimulator that is implanted into the spinal cord, which then targets individual, specific fibers found in the spinal cord. We target the spinal cord fibers based on your unique pain experience. The treatment effectively interrupts the pain communication from the spinal cord to the brain, which stops the pain from registering. 

The first step of the spinal cord stimulator process is to implant a temporary spinal cord stimulator that is trialed for four days. If your results qualify, we are able to then do a permanent implantation. We can administer the temporary implant in our Grand Junction location, but will need to utilize a hospital facility to implant permanent spinal cord stimulators.

This treatment is a priceless pain management solution for those who are experiencing chronic pain that can not be directly and physically addressed. Spinal cord stimulation can help manage: 

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Concrete Regional Pain Syndrome 

Epidural Steroid Injections

An epidural steroid injection is administered to the spinal cord in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. While this procedure is not intended to diagnose or specifically address pain points, it’s extremely effective at reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain around the structures of the spine — which effectively manages pain. 

Epidural steroid injections are effective at managing:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain

Sacroiliac Joint Injections

Sacroiliac joint injections are great pain management solutions, as they reduce overall swelling, inflammation, and pain. When utilizing this treatment, an injection comprised of an anesthetic and a steroid is injected into a sacroiliac joint. If desired results are achieved, we are able to diagnose specific sacroiliac joints as the origin of your pain, which opens up further treatment options to better address and manage your pain. 

Sacroiliac joint injections are effective at managing: 

  • Back Pain
  • Buttock Pain

Radiofrequency Ablation Neurotomy 

Radiofrequency ablation neurotomy is done once we diagnose the nerves that innervate the facet joints of the spine that are responsible for the pain you’re experiencing. We diagnose the responsible nerves by applying a numbing solution to certain areas. When pain disperses, we can diagnose the connected nerve as the culprit. Then, we utilize radiofrequency ablation neurotomy. This entails a needle that’s inserted into the nerve. After the needle is inserted, we heat it to a specific temperature that removes the nerve(s) causing you pain. Once the nerve is gone, the pain will also be gone.

Radiofrequency ablation neurotomy is effective at managing: 

  • Back Pain
  • Knee Pain

Selective Nerve Root Block

This is another pain management technique that utilizes an injection to nerves that are responsible for pain. Like the previous procedure, selective nerve root blocks require us to diagnose the nerve(s) responsible for the pain you’re experiencing. Once the nerves are identified, we inject the nerve block into the nerve roots where they exit the spine. This procedure reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain, effectively helping you manage your pain. 

Selective nerve root blocks manage:

  • Back Pain
  • Pain Running Through The Legs

Occipital Nerve Blocks

Occipital nerve blocks block pain from traversing the nerves at the base of your skull, which can help mitigate chronic headaches. As the name suggests, this treatment addresses the occipital nerve with an injection of a numbing agent and a steroid. It reduces inflammation, swelling, and overall pain. 

Occipital nerve blocks help manage: 

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches

Vertebroplasty And Kyphoplasty

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are treatments designed to help manage fractures in the spine by adding a filler. With vertebroplasty, bone cement is injected into spinal compression fractures to fill and support the effective area. With kyphoplasty, a small balloon is inserted into the affected area so that we can then inject bone cement to provide the same results. 

Western Rockies Interventional Pain Specialists

Thanks for taking some time to learn about some of the pain management options we offer at our facility in Grand Junction. If you’re interested in learning more, visit our website or contact us today! Also, contact us if you’re interested in scheduling an appointment.