Glen Rock Interventional Specialists specialize in highly personalized interventional spine procedures that identify and treat the root cause of your chronic pain. We use the latest diagnostic technologies and techniques to identify the specific location of your pain to curate a personalized treatment plan. We provide a wide range of interventional spine procedures in Glen Rock, New Jersey.
Pain Intervention for Spine Pain
Facet Blocks & Rhizotomy
Our physiatrists might recommend a facet block injection to reduce the pain and inflammation in your facet joints, i.e., the joints in the spine that connect two vertebrae, facilitating spinal movements. After diagnosing the inflamed or affected facet joints, a medication consisting of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic is injected into the affected region. This provides instant relief while offering diagnostic information, i.e., revealing the facet joints responsible for the pain.
If your pain returns after a few months, the physiatrists perform a second facet block injection. And once the affected facet joint is confirmed, they may perform a facet rhizotomy. This is a procedure wherein an electrode is placed near the nerve roots surrounding the facet joints. The electrode ablates the nerve root, preventing it from transmitting the pain signals. This provides long-term relief because you can’t experience pain without the nerve root.
Pain injections are excellent non-surgical solutions for joint pains, radiating nerve pain, and other musculoskeletal problems. Glen Rock Interventional Specialists identify the root cause of your pain and inject the chosen medication into the strategically-identified sites. These pain injections can be repeated without major side effects or complications. They’re an excellent means of achieving immediate relief, while the physiatrists recommend more long-term solutions.
The following is an overview of the available pain injections:
- Lumbar epidural injections reduce inflammation and pain in the lower back.
- Thoracic epidural injections reduce inflammation and pain in the upper back.
- Cervical epidural injections reduce inflammation and pain in the neck and shoulders.
- Ultrasound-guided injections for increased accuracy.
- Trigger point injections to relax the tightened muscles in various parts of the body.
Lumbar discography is recommended once other treatments fail to yield results. This is a diagnostic technique that identifies the specific intervertebral disc responsible for chronic pain. Once the problematic disc is identified, our physiatrists can curate even more specific treatments with a greater chance of success.
A nerve block is a procedure wherein a special medication is injected around the compressed, pinched, or inflamed nerves. The physiatrist will provide a selective nerve root block if you experience neck or shoulder pain and a greater occipital nerve block for headaches. Nerve blocks prevent the affected nerves from carrying the pain signals to your brain.
Botox is an FDA-approved medication to prevent or treat chronic migraines and headaches. Botox is made of a special neurotoxin protein that temporarily paralyzes targeted muscles. When injected into specific trigger points, it relaxes the muscles responsible for your headaches and chronic myofascial pain. It can alleviate headaches for up to 3 months at a time.
Glen Rock Interventional Specialists provide highly-calibrated doses of pain management medications that alleviate your pain and discomfort. The medications may include corticosteroids that reduce inflammation and alleviate the pain. However, we only provide medications for temporary relief while pursuing a more comprehensive treatment plan to address the root cause of your chronic pain.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a component derived from a small sample of your blood. It contains a high concentration of growth factors, the components responsible for your body’s healing and growth activities. PRP therapy makes your body heal itself and triggers cellular regeneration, thereby addressing the root cause of your chronic pain.
Scheduling Your Consultation
Our highly skilled chiropractors use advanced diagnostic tools to visualize and identify the root cause of your chronic pain, allowing them to recommend the most effective treatment plans. Please schedule an appointment at our medical center to discuss your interventional spine treatment options.