Northern California Interventional Pain Procedures
Joint Injections, Nerve Blocks & More
Interventional pain procedures include nonsurgical approaches that usually involve injections of steroids and other anti-inflammatory agents into the affected body part. These treatments are designed to directly target pain at the source. For this reason, they can also be used for diagnostic purposes. If a doctor applied a numbing agent to a potentially damaged nerve but does not feel relief, it could indicate the need for further evaluation to identify the root cause of the pain.
Common Interventional Pain Procedures
Interventional pain treatments are mostly minimally invasive procedures. Below are some of the most common procedures used to treat pain.
Interventional pain procedures may involve:
- Epidural steroid injections – An injection of steroids to the epidural space around the spinal cord. Commonly used to treat pain in the back, shoulders, arms, or legs.
- Nerve ablations – High energy waves guided by x-rays are applied to a damaged nerve. This temporarily disables the nerve so that it can no longer send pain signals to the brain.
- Occipital nerve blocks – An anesthetic combined with a small dosage of corticosteroid is injected into the back of the head. This can help patients who suffer from frequent headaches and migraines.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – An extraction of PRP is taken from the patient’s own body. The platelets are then separated from the plasma and injected into the area that needs help recovering. Platelets play a vital role in the body’s healing process.
- Kyphoplasty – Used for patients suffering from spinal fractures, a kyphoplasty procedure involves inserting a small balloon into the fracture and inflating it help the bone regain its shape. Bone cement is then injected into the area to maintain the vertebra.
These are just a few of the possible interventional pain procedures. For more information, contact NMCI Medical Clinic today. We have clinics throughout Northern California, including Stockton, Salinas, San Leandro, Sacramento, San Mateo, and San Jose.
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We provide medical legal services such as permanent and stationary reports, QME, and AME evaluations. Additionally, our providers can perform Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s) to assess our patients work limitations so they can safely and independently perform their job duties.
We offer a functional restoration program (FRP) designed to help patients cope with chronic pain and whom have had inadequate outcomes from prior treatment and medications. Through this program, you will learn to reduce the negative impacts of chronic pain including depression, anxiety, and social isolation.
We have specialists in the fields of pain management, physiatry, occupational medicine, osteopathic medicine, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, psychology, acupuncture, physical therapy, and more.