WHAT WE DO

At The Pain Center of Illinois, we are always working to find the true cause of your individual pain instead of just masking symptoms. Your specific pain may be caused by any number of underlying reasons. We specialize in determining those root causes to create a customized treatment plan for your specific needs, leading the way in comprehensive, invasive, and non invasive spine, orthopedic, and pain management interventional procedures, and behavioral health programs.

 

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ORTHOPEDICS

Many times we find that the root cause of pain stems from the musculoskeletal system. We work with your ailments and determine the exact source. Then we create personalized options specifically tailored to your pain, lifestyle, and all aspects to ensure minimal disruption to your life and maximum satisfaction. 

 

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PAIN MANAGEMENT 

There are few things more debilitating than living with constant pain. Pain doesn't have to be a regular part of your life. There are numerous ways to treat pain and most doctors only treat symptoms trying to mask the pain. We specialize in determining the cause of your pain and providing options tailored specifically to your individual needs.

 

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SURGICAL PROCEDURES 

Sometimes there are no options besides surgery. Don't worry, our procedures are minimally invasive targeting and our facilities are all encompassing. Our procedures use advanced techniques and lasers to minimize any intrusion and are proven to speed recovery. We are able to provide end to end service from diagnostics to recovery services, all under the same roof.

 

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Conditions We Treat:

Cancer Pain:

Cancer pain is complex and may present a variety of ways. There may be pain from tumor related bone, soft tissue, or visceral pain, or cancer-associated pain syndromes. Also, there may be tumor involvement leading to neuropathic (nerve) pain syndromes. Treatment for cancer with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or radiation therapy may lead to increased pain that needs to be managed well. 

 

Chest Wall Pain

This type of pain originates from the structures of the chest wall, such as skin, ribs, and muscles. This pain is caused by injury, inflammation, or infection of these structures. An example of a condition that may cause chest wall pain is costochondritis.

 

Chronic Headache and Migraines

Chronic headache has many causes. A common type of headache that we treat is related to neck pathology, called cervicogenic headache. This type of headache is usually one-sided, tends to start in the neck region and radiates toward the eyes, temple, ear or forehead. It is often brought on by neck movement or local pressure over tender spots in the neck. When this type of headache is present, diagnostic injections such as cervical medial branch blocks can help to identify the source of pain.  If the diagnosis is made, then the headache is treated with radiofrequency ablation of the cervical medial branches with an average of 6-12 months pain relief.

Another type of headache is called occipital headache. This headache is generally located in the base of the scalp and often characterized by sharp jabbing sensations around the greater or lesser occipital nerves. There is often associated numbness or tingling in the affected area. Diagnostic injections in this area also help to determine the source of the pain.

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

This pain disorder, formerly called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Causalgia, is characterized by severe pain, swelling, and changes in the skin. It may occur in the area of injury or spread to another part of the body. It is related to dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system and can result in significant impairment in quality of life and function.

 

Facial Pain / Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal Neuralgia is chronic pain condition that affects the area of the face supplied by the trigeminal nerve. It usually affects the middle or lower part of the face. The pain is usually on one side and is characterized by paroxysms of electric shock-like pain lasting from several seconds to two minutes. Patients with trigeminal neuralgia go to great lengths to avoid contact with trigger areas that may precipitate an attack.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a major source of chronic pain. It is estimated that it will affect 80% of all people at some point in their lives. It is the most common cause of job-related disability. The most common causes of lower back pain are injury of overuse of muscles, ligaments, or joints, or pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal. Nerve impingement can occur from herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis (when there is a slippage in between vertebrae), compression fractures, or spinal deformities such as scoliosis. Finally, the discs themselves may be a source of pain.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is also a major source of pain. It may be due to inflammation and tenderness of muscles in and around the neck, arthritic degeneration, or disc herniation causing nerve impingement.  Diagnostic injections help us to determine the source of the pain and effectively treat it.

 

Neuralgia and Neuropathy / Diabetic

This type of pain comes from the nerves themselves. Whether they have been damaged from trauma or lack of adequate blood flow, these nerves start to fire abnormally leading to pain. When possible, diagnostic injections help us to determine the source of the pain. There are many effective medications that can be used to treat nerve pain.

 

Osteoporosis (Compression Fracture)

Compression fracture of vertebrae leads to loss of vertebral height. Trauma of the spine or weakening of bones in the spine leading to compression fractures is very common in the elderly. This may lead to the development of chronic pain and disability. Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures designed to treat pain from compression fractures.

 

Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and can lead to chronic abdominal pain. It occurs when enzymes in the pancreas start to digest the pancreas itself instead of food in the small intestine. It can be acute or chronic and has many causes. The two most common causes of pancreatitis are gallstone disease and alcoholism.

 

Pelvic and Abdominal Pain

Chronic pelvic or abdominal pain has many causes. Treatable causes must be addressed first with the help of the other specialists such as a primary care doctor, gynecologist, or urologist. Conditions that cause chronic pelvic and abdominal pain may be related to the abdominal wall itself. These include neuropathies related to the genitofemoral nerve, ilioinguinal nerve, iliohypogastric, and pudendal nerve.  Injections can be done to help address this pain.

 

Post Back Surgery Pain

Oftentimes patients may continue to have back pain even after surgery. This may be due to a variety of causes, including scarring leading to nerve entrapment, epidural fibrosis, muscular denervation and altered biomechanics leading to small joint arthritis or pain. Treatment may include physical therapy, nerve blocks, medications, and neuromodulation therapies.

 

Post Stroke and Post Thoracotomy Pain Syndrome

After stroke patients can develop a neuropathic pain disorder that is of central origin. This pain disorder may be effectively treated with medications.

Post-thoracotomy pain syndrome is a common pain disorder that occurs after chest surgery. The source of this pain may be neuropathic or non-neuropathic in nature. Trauma to the intercostal nerve during surgery is the most likely cause. Patients often complain of sharp pain that may be burning in nature. Injections can be done to identify the source of the pain.

 

Shingles / Post Herpetic Neuralgia

This is a chronic pain syndrome brought about by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (chicken pox). After primary infection it lies latent in nerve cell bodies, i.e.,, dorsal root ganglionDRG, cranial nerve, or autonomic ganglion of the host, normally contained by competent T-cell immunity. With aging, T-cell immune responsiveness to VZV declines. The virus replicates fully and spreads along neural tissue within a dermatome. Nearly all older adults are latently infected with VZV, with the lifetime incidence estimated to be 20-30% in general population and up to 50% of people living until the age of 85. Overall, it affects 1 million people per year in the US. It often affects the thoracic dermatomes (50-70%), but also cranial, cervical, lumbar (10-20%), and the sacral (2-8%) dermatomes.

Characteristic features of neuropathic pain in dermatomal areas, mainly sensory nervous system involvement, and absence of radiologic finding distinguish PHN from other pathologies.  PHN should be considered in any patient who has a history of chicken pox illness and presents with severe pain.  Risk factors for developing PHN include increasing age, greater severity of acute pain, greater severity of rash, and prodromal pain. The pain is often described as a burning, aching, throbbing pain. The patient may also have paroxysms of stabbing or shooting pain. While most PHN resolves within one year of the resolution of the rash, it can and often does last for years and cause substantial suffering and reduction in quality of life. The goal of treatment includes reduction of pain and associated symptoms including depression, insomnia, and functional impairment. Most commonly used therapies for treatment of PHN include tricyclic antidepressants and antiepileptics including gabapentin and pregablin, lidocaine patch, andas well as opioid analgesics. Treatment depends on patient comorbidities, patient preference, cost, and formulary restrictions.

In summary, post-herpetic neuralgia is a disease that is very common and can be treated aggressively with medication management to reduce pain, long term suffering and disability.

Shoulder pain

The shoulder joint is a common source of pain. Common causes of shoulder pain include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and rotator cuff arthropathy. Radiologic imaging can help to determine if any structural abnormalities are present and injection therapy can help to diagnose as well as treat the source of the problem. A multimodal approach is often used that involves medication to manage the pain and physical therapy to help restore function.

Spasticity

Spasticity is a disorder of muscle control. It is caused by abnormal signaling from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles. It is often found in patients with cerebral palsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Patients often complain of pain, involuntary movements, contractures, and decreased functional ability. Medications can be used to help relax musculature and physical therapy is often utilized to help restore function. Finally, implantable treatment options are available to help with refractory spasticity.

Spinal Stenosis

This is a condition that leads to narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing may lead to pinching of the spinal cord and nerves. Patients often complain of lower back pain and leg pain and may experience numbness, tingling, and weakness. Injections can be done to help with this condition.

 

Whiplash

This is an injury caused by hyperextension and then flexion of the neck. This often happens in rear-end collisions, when one vehicle that is stationery is hit from behind by a fast-moving vehicle. The muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures may experience damage during this type of injury. Oftentimes the patient does not experience significant pain until 24-48 hours later.

 

Work Related Injuries / Motor Vehicle Accidents

Common injuries include neck and back pain as well as shoulder, knee or other joint, soft tissue or nerve injuries. We use medications and interventional therapies where applicable to help relieve pain and facilitate restoration of function. 

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Radiofrequency Ablation

What is it?

A pain management technique involving pulsed or thermal enegery that changes nerves so that they don’t transmit painful impulses.

 

How it is performed

The painful nerves are isolated and heated up so that painful impulses are hid.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with small joint arthritis of the neck or lower back may benefit from this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

30-45 minutes

 

Recovery

Patients are encouraged to resume their normal activities after the injection. The amount and duration of pain relief will vary from individual to individual.

 

Sacroiliac Joint Injections

What is it?

The sacoiliiac joint is a weight-bearing joint between the pelvic bone and the tail bone (coccyx). It can be responsible for as much as 30% of all patients who experience back pain.  

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle into the joint. Once inside the joint a small amount of contrast dye is injected to make sure it was properly paced and inside the joint.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients whose lower back pain is worsened with movement such as prolonged sitting, standing or transitioning from a sitting to a standing position.

 

How long does the procedure?

10-15 minutes

 

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Selective Nerve Blocks:

What is it?

Selective nerve blocks are performed to determine if a specific spinal nerve root is causing pain. This procedure can reduce inflammation around the nerve root and decrease pain.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle close to the spinal nerve root. Once there, a small amount of contrast is used to outline the nerve root. Local anesthetic is then used to block the nerve root and provide temporary pain relief.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with inflamed nerve roots that may be causing them chronic pain are candidates for this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure?

20-30 minutes

 

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 
Spinal Cord Stimulators:

What is it?

This is a technique that is used for patients with chronic pain, specifically nerve pain. Oftentimes, this pain has not responded to other more conservative treatments.

 

How it is performed

Using X-ray guidance, a lead is implanted in the epidural space, a space close to but outside of the spinal cord. The lead stimulates sensory fibers that override the painful signals that are coming in from the affected part, resulting in less perception of the pain.

 

What patients are candidates?

Candidates who have chronic pain after back surgery, or from CRPS, diabetic neuropathy, arachnoiditis, or post-herpetic neuralgia.

 

How long does the procedure?

Two to three hours

 

Recovery

Patients are asked to rest on the day of the procedure and resume activities as tolerated. Oftentimes patients notice a significant reduction in their pain.

 

Sympathetic Nerve Blocks

This is a nerve block performed to determine if the source of pain is from sympathetic nerve fibers. These fibers are part of our nervous system and control basic functions of our body but they can also transmit painful impulses.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle into different nerve bundles. These may include the stellate ganglion, celiac plexus, hypogastric plexus, ganglion of impar and lumbar sympathetic chain. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients with nerve pain such as those with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain syndrome) in the arm or leg. Also patients with facial pain, abdominal pain, pelvic area pain, as well as coccydynia (tail bone) pain.

 

How long does the procedure take?

20-30 minutes

 

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Trigger Point Injections

What is it?

Trigger points are sources of pain due to tender or inflamed muscles, tendons, or ligaments.

 

How it is performed

Local anesthetics such as lidocaine are injected in these painful areas to give relief.


What patients are candidates?

Patients with myofascial or muscular pain are candidates for this therapy.

 

How long does the procedure take?

3-5 minutes

 

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient is monitored for 10 minutes before being allowed to go home. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. Most patients will start to feel improvement within 48 hours.

 

Vertebroplasty

What is it?

This is a procedure that is used to address painful vertebral body compression fractures. It involves injection of medical grade cement into the vertebral body under careful conditions.

How it is performed

Using X-ray guidance, a small needle is inserted through the back into the vertebral body. Bone cement is then injected into the vertebral body and allowed to harden. The needle is removed. The procedure is performed under sedation for our patient’s comfort.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients who experience back pain from compression fractures of the vertebral body are candidates for the procedure.

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

Recovery

Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection and may be given a back brace.

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Atlanto-occipital and Atlanto-axial Joint Injection

What is it?

The atlanto-axial joint is formed by the two highest neck vertebrae and it is a common cause of neck pain. The pain typically starts at the base of the scalp and can radiate to behind the eye. The atlanto-occipital joint is the joint between the skull and the highest neck vertebrae. It is a less common cause of upper neck pain and headache associated with rotation of the head. 

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle to the joint space.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients who have pain secondary to the joint involvement described above are good candidates for this injection.

 

How long does the procedure take?

20 – 30 min

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Botox Injection for Spasticity

What is it?

Botox is a neurotoxin produced by bacteria. It is used for a variety of cosmetic and medical procedures. When injected into muscle, it can be used to control severe muscle spasm.

 

How it is performed

The botox is prepared by mixing it and injected into the muscle in very small amounts. The location of the injection depends on which muscles are experiencing spasm.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with severe muscle spasms such as facial spasms, focal dystonia, and torticollis may receive botox.

 

How long does the procedure take?

10-20 minutes

 

Recovery
After the procedure, the patient is observed for 15-20 minutes for adverse side effects. They may then be discharged home.

 

Caudal Adhesionolysis of Scar Tissue:

What is it?

This is a type of epidural injection that is used to break up scar tissue that may be trapping nerves and causing pain.

 

How it is performed

The epidural space (a place close to but outside of the spinal cord) is entered through the sacral hiatus (near the tail bone). X-ray is used to guide the needle to the right spot. A catheter then may be inserted through the needle. Dye is injected and pictures are taken to look for areas of scar tissue. Once the scar tissue areas are determined, medications such as hypertonic saline or local anesthetic and steroid may be injected to break up scar tissue and alleviate pain.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with a history of back surgery may be candidates.

 

How long does the procedure take?

20-30 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Celiac Plexus Block

What is it?

The celiac plexus is a network of interconnecting fibers behind the stomach. It can be a source of chronic abdominal pain. It gives rise to a number of smaller nerve bundles, including for the liver, spleen, stomach, pancreatic, and near the kidney.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle through the lower back to the celiac plexus. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with chronic abdominal pain from pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer are a few of the candidates.

 

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Discogram:

What is it?

This procedure is used to identify which, if any, intervertebral discs in the neck or back are pain generators for a patient.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle into the intervertebral discs at the levels being studied. A pressure gauge is used to take readings. Dye is also injected and pictures taken to evaluate the shape of the disc. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with neck or back pain who have not responded to conservative therapies and for which the discs may be the source of pain for the patient.

 

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged. The patient may then be asked to obtain a CT scan of the area of interest. This will help to better evaluate the discs that are being studied. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection and can return to their normal activities by the next day.  

 

Epidural Steroid Injections

What is it?

This is a procedure that is commonly used to help relieve neck and lower back pain, and less commonly, abdominal, pelvic, groin, perineal and rectal pain.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle precisely into the epidural space near where nerves may be impinged causing pain.  Steroid medication is then injected along these nerves to decrease inflammation and irritation of the nerves. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients with neck and/or lower back pain from nerve impingement from disc herniation, sciatica, and nerve root compression may be candidates for the injection.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Facet Joint Injections

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target the small joints in the spine that are prone to developing arthritis.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle to the area of the facet joint. Once the needle is in the right place, an appropriate amount of anesthetic and steroid is injected into the joint. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients who have neck or lower back pain from arthritis of these small joints may benefit from this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to continue their normal activities on the day of injection to see if their pain is better after injection, and are asked to keep a pain log. This will help to determine if the facet joints, are, in fact, a source of their spine pain.

 

 

Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Joint Injections

What is it?

These are injections into various joints throughout the body to make a diagnosis of the source of the pain as well as to treat the pain coming from that joint.

 

How it is performed

X-ray or Ultrasound technology is used to help guide a needle into the correct part of the joint. A combination of local anesthetic for pain relief and steroid for anti-inflammatory effect is injected. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients with painful joints are candidates. The cause of the pain (i.e., arthritis, injury, strain) must be determined. Infection must be ruled out before performing such a procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

10-20 minutes

 

Recovery
Patients are monitored for side effects and then can be discharged home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection and can return to their normal activities by the next day.

 

IDET (Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty):

What is it?

This is a procedure that is used to treat intervertebral discs that may be causing pain.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle and thermo-coupled electrode into the painful disc. Once proper placement is confirmed, the electrode is heated destroying painful fibers in the disc. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients who have had painful intervertebral discs identified by discography are candidates for this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

 

Recovery
Patients often see improvement in their pain about 4-6 weeks after the procedure. Oftentimes physical therapy is also done after this timeframe to help facilitate healing and improve pain relief.

 

Implantable Baclofen Pumps

What is it?

This procedure is performed to implant a drug delivery device for patients who have chronic pain or spasticity.

 

How it is performed

X-ray guidance is used and sedation is given during this procedure. A catheter is placed in the back and a reservoir is implanted in the fatty tissue of the belly. The reservoir can then be refilled easily and medication can be delivered directly to where it is needed.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with pain or spasticity are candidates.

 

How long does the procedure take?

45-60 minutes

 

Recovery

Following the procedure most patients are monitored closely to make sure they are healing well. Oftentimes there is a significant improvement in their pain and/or spasticity.

 

Intercostal Nerve Blocks

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target inflamed nerve roots that may be causing pain.

 

How it is performed

X-ray guidance is used to help place a needle near the intercostal nerve(s). Then a combination of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with painful areas of the chest or rib cage area after surgery in this area or after a shingles episode may benefit from this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery

Most patients will start to feel relief on the same day of the injection and will continue to have improvement in their pain.

 

Median Branch Nerve Blocks

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target the nerves that provide sensation for the small joints in the spine. These joints are prone to developing arthritis with advancing age or after injury.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle to the area near the facet joint. Once the needle is in the right place, an appropriate amount of anesthetic and steroid is injected into the joint. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients who have neck or lower back pain from arthritis of the facet joints may benefit from this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to continue their normal activities on the day of injection to see if their pain is better after injection, and are asked to keep a pain log. This will help to determine if the facet joint, is, in fact, a source of their spine pain.

 

Nucleoplasty Percutaneous Disc Decompression:

What is it?

This procedure is performed to remove disc material from the spine in the hopes of the decompressing the intervertebral discs. Discs that are compressed may be bulging out and pressing on nerves, irritating them.

 

How it is performed

X-ray is used to help guide a needle into the intervertebral disc. Once the needle is in the right place, a special device is used to remove the disc material. Sedation can be given for our patient’s comfort.


What patients are candidates?

Patients who have back pain from protruding or herniated discs may benefit from this procedure.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery
Following the injection, the patient may be monitored for 20-30 min before being discharged to go home. Patients are usually asked to rest on the day of the injection.

 

Occipital Nerve Blocks

What is it?

This procedure is performed to target inflamed nerve roots that may be causing pain.

 

How it is performed

A needle near the occipital nerve at the base of the scalp is identified. Then a combination of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with painful areas of the base of the scalp or upper neck may be candidates.

 

How long does the procedure take?

15-20 minutes

 

Recovery

Most patients will start to feel some relief on the same day of the injection and will continue to have improvement in their pain.

 

Pain Medication Management

What is it?

Certain chronic pain conditions may not be amenable to injection therapy and may require medication management.

 

How it is performed

A balanced multi-modal approach to chronic pain medication is used. This involves finding the right type of medication to treat your specific type of pain. This may or may not include opiate therapy.


What patients are candidates?

Patients who are prescribed chronic pain medication are asked to sign a narcotic agreement, agree to mandatory random drug screens, and are expected to take the medication as prescribed. It is important that only one physician prescribe the patient medications and only one pharmacy fill their physician’s orders.

 

Peripheral Nerve Blocks

What is it?

Certain chronic pain conditions are due to abnormal firing of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. These nerves can be targeted for injection to help relieve pain and restore function.

 

How it is performed

Using X-ray or Ultrasound technology, a needle is placed directly next to the nerve to be blocked. This allows pain medication to be placed right on the nerve, maximizing pain relief.

 

What patients are candidates?

Patients with painful peripheral neuropathies.

 

How long does the procedure take?

10-15 minutes

 

Recovery

Most patients can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately.

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