Chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with your ability to work, sleep and how you enjoy time with family and friends. If pain is ruling your life, the physicians at Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital are here to help. Our physicians specialize in the safe, proven effective treatment options that can help you manage your pain. Our physicians work with patients to create custom treatment plans that alleviate their pain and get them back to enjoying their normal, active lives.
Facet Joint Injections:
The facet joints are found on both sides of the back of the spine. They can sometimes become irritated or inflamed. Facet joint injections can be used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. With the help of an x-ray device, the physician will insert a needle into the facet joint. If pain is relieved consistently in the days following the injection, then the facet joints were likely the cause of the pain.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection:
Low back and radiating leg pain can be treated with a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. Using an x-ray device for guidance, the physician inserts a needle into the epidural space. A combination of steroids and anesthetics are injected into the nerve roots of the epidural space for maximum pain relief.
Lumbar Transformational Epidural Steroid Injection:
Similar to the Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection, this procedure is used to treat low back and radiating leg pain. However, this injection is inserted into the spaces in the sides of the spine, which are called the foramina.
IDET- Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy:
IDET can be used to treat low back pain caused by disc disease or small disc herniation. The physician inserts a hollow needle into the affected disc and then inserts an electrothermal catheter which is placed against the diseased portion of the disc. The heat from the catheter will cause the tears in the disc wall to shrink and repair themselves.
Intrathecal Pump Implant:
If conservative treatment methods have failed and surgery is not recommended for you, an Intrathecal Pump Implant may be able to help. This treatment involves the insertion of a permanent catheter and a pump, which will dispense medicine in the area directly surrounding the spinal cord, providing relief for chronic pain.