Pain Alleviating Injections
All are guided under ultrasound visualization for better accuracy and safety, and are often followed by state-of-the-art physical therapy to promote optimal joint and muscle function.
• Radiofrequency Ablation treatment provides relief for chronic low back pain, neck pain, knee pain and certain types of headaches .
• Radiofrequency Ablation is also referred to as RFA. It is an outpatient treatment.
• Pain relief and effectiveness may sometimes take time for the patient to notice the difference, however can last between 6 – 12 months and in some cases can last for years.
• Is a non-surgical pain treatment
• Involves the placement of a needle aimed at the nerve pain area
• Uses heat produced by radio waves on the affected nerve tissue
• The radiofrequency waves are used to cauterize the nerves
Fluoroscopic-Guided Spinal Injections
• Injects medicine into a part of the spine or in an area near a nerve root.
• Treats problems with the spine but also assists the doctor with the diagnosis.
• Types of injections include:
• Fluoroscopic-Guided Epidural injections - used for acute and subacute painful spine
conditions that create inflammation around spinal nerves.
• Fluoroscopic-Guided spine joint injections - helpful for spine joint arthritis or
spine joint trauma.
• Provides direct visualization of various soft tissues.
• Avoids exposing the patient to the risks of radiation.
• Delivers noninvasive, nonionising imaging techniques - allows continuous
monitoring of the needle position, facilitating safe and precise cortisone injections.
• Provides soft-tissue imaging capabilities allow a diagnostic study to be
performed before cortisone injection.
Botox Injections for Pain
A breakthrough treatment for many multiple musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Including:
• Chronic migraine and daily headaches
• Chronic neck and low back pain
• Piriformis Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy with spastic hemi or monoplegia
• Pelvic floor pain and dysfunction
• Temporomandibular and orofacial disorders/ dystonias
• Spastic, painful limb conditions related to stroke, MS, spinal cord injury,
Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury and Cerebral Palsy
Botulinum neurotoxin (Botox) therapy - For a thorough description, click HERE.
Because of the multiple levels of my back problems, my doctor wanted me to try an epidural injection. The injection and then the physical therapy made such a difference. I feel so successful that I can get in and out of the car and walk normally. I just keep thinking that this sure beats surgery. ~ Kristi, patient
Epidural Steroids Can Help Back Pain
Recently the Buffalo News reported on a new study of epidural steroid injections in patients with spinal stenosis that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
The physicians at Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine stand by the procedures we offer to our patients. These procedures include epidural steroid injections which this article addressed.
We strongly feel that design of the NEJM study and conclusions drawn from it are flawed for several reasons:
1. First and foremost any and all procedures are never used as stand alone treatments in our practice, but are used to provide a window of opportunity for introduction of other treatment that aim to restore normal function.
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