Sometimes in the pursuit of better health we overdo things or, in other cases, our bodies are just not used to our new exercise routine. In these situations, slowing down, rest, and consultation with your physician are recommended. In some instances, when the pain is not responsive to more conservative treatments, pain management procedures can be performed. These procedures can reduce the patient’s current pain and provide a path for longer term pain relief through calming the associated inflammation so as to promote healing.
Pueblo Radiology has long provided pain management services in our Bath Street office. Commonly, the injected medications consist of a short-term anesthetic for pain relief (Lidocaine) in combination with a long-acting corticosteroid (dexamethasone) to promote healing. Our studies are imaging guided meaning that our physicians monitor the process through use of real-time fluoroscopic imaging. Studies have shown that image-guided treatments are far more effective for the patient as the medication is injected accurately, in the area of the problem. At our office, the following procedures are performed:
- Epidural injections (spine)
- Transforamenal injection (spine)
- Facet joint injection (spine)
- Joint injections
- Tendon injections
- Bursa injections (around major joints)
These procedures do require an order from your physician.