Apex’s back pain doctors have a unique passion for helping their patients live a better quality of life. Every patient is treated based on their exact symptoms or causes that are triggering their back pain. Below is a list of common procedures that are often explored when treating chronic back pain.
Trigger Point Injections:
At Apex Pain Specialists we offer (3) different medications for back pain trigger point injections in Chandler, Arizona: Lidocaine, bupivicaine and cortisone. During the procedure a very small needle is inserted into the painful area and the medication is injected. This often results in some immediate relief which can last from a few days to several weeks or months.
Radiofrequency Neuroablation (RFA) also called rhizotomy or neurotomy is a novel non-surgical technique of treating back pain. This technique employs radiofrequency waves to produce heat and the heat produced damage the nerves transmitting pain signal to the brain. This procedure is performed to treat painful facet joints in the spine that usually cause chronic low back pain and neck pain.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural Steroid Injections can reduce back pain in the low back, mid back, neck, Arms, Legs while reducing inflammation in the spine. An epidural steroid injection involves an injection of an anti-inflammatory steroid such as Celestone or Decadron in the epidural area. The spinal cord and spinal nerves are in a “sack” containing cerebrospinal fluid. The area outside this “sack” is called the epidural space. Epidural steroid injections are not the same injection as a labor epidural, which is commonly given to women in labor. The epidural steroid injection is not an injection into the spinal cord itself. When you arrive at Apex in Chandler for your epidural steroid injection you will be met by friendly staff and given a sense of comfort.