Our Pain Management Treatments and Procedures
Treating Chronic Pain With Comprehensive Pain Management
Is chronic pain disrupting your life?
Intense, long-lasting pain makes it hard to concentrate during the day and sleep at night. Over time, chronic pain can take a toll on every aspect of your life, affecting your work, relationships, energy, and overall enjoyment.
If you are one of the millions of people suffering from chronic pain, then our team at Kentuckiana Pain Specialists is here to assist. We use comprehensive pain management (also known as interventional pain management) therapies to help you find relief – focusing on both immediate treatment and long-term results.
Managing Pain Through Kentuckiana Pain Specialists
Our goal is to help you manage the pain so you can start living your life again. Too often, conventional medications do more harm than good, leading to addictions and dependency. With the growing problems of opioid abuse, more patients are turning to alternative therapies instead.
These minimally invasive solutions make it easier to start enjoying your life once again. You don’t have to suffer through non-stop pain. Talk to us about the alternative solutions that can reduce your reliance on prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Treatment Options for Pain Management
Pain Management Treatments - Table of Contents
Cervical Facet Joint Injection
Chronic back and neck pain is often affected by the health of the facet joints – located between the vertebrae running all the way from the tailbone to the neck. Healthy facet joints support the movement of the vertebrae above and below the joint.
If a facet joint contributes to chronic pain, then a combination of steroids and anesthetic is injected into the joint. This treatment is used for both diagnosis and treatment. For example, if you experience reduced neck pain and improved movement after the injection, it provides the doctor with information about the affected joint.
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Diagnostic Facet Joint Blocks
One of the most critical steps in pain management is identifying the root cause of your pain. When a pain specialist is helping with your treatment plan, they need to confirm the affected facet joint.
A facet joint block is used in the diagnostic process to determine which facet joints are affected. Anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, and you will notice an instant difference in your pain levels if the right joint is injected.
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Epidural Steroid Injection
In a similar manner to using epidurals for pain management during childbirth, an epidural steroid injection helps with pain management.
These injections can be placed in many parts of the spine, including:
- Neck (cervical)
- Mid to upper back (thoracic)
- Lower back (lumbar)
- Tailbone (caudal)
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Lumbar Facet Joint
The lumbar facet joint not only affects low back pain but can also radiate to the hips, legs, and buttocks. If you are experiencing pain in the lower half of the body, then a lumbar facet joint injection can serve multiple purposes.
First, immediate pain relief is diagnostic because it confirms the source of your pain. Next, time-release steroids help to reduce inflammation which can contribute to long-term relief.
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State-of-the-art technology can help reduce inflammation and pain. We offer a radiofrequency neurotomy, which interrupts pain signals to the brain. This injection procedure uses a heat lesion on certain nerves to accomplish these results.
Radiofrequency injections are available for both either facet or sacroiliac joint pain, affecting nerves that carry pain signals from these joints to the brain. Since the joints don’t control sensation or muscles in the legs or arms, there isn’t an issue affecting these areas negatively.
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Sacroiliac Joint Injection
The sacroiliac joint is located in the buttocks and lower back region – a large joint can cause pain on the spot and refer pain into the hip, abdomen, groin, leg, or buttock. These injections are helpful for diagnostic purposes and long-term relief.
Like other injections listed above, if the sacroiliac joint injection provides immediate relief, it can confirm that the joint is the source of your pain. Additionally, this infection includes cortisone that releases overtime to help with inflammation management.
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Sympathetic Nerve Block
The sympathetic nerves running through the neck or low back can be blocked using an injection of numbing medication. This injection aims to temporarily “turn off” the signal responses to eliminate or reduce pain.
If you experience substantial improvements after the block, it provides diagnostic insight for the doctors. The ultimate goal is to reestablish a normal state of regulation by resetting the sympathetic tone. Sometimes, subsequent blocks are necessary to achieve long-term results.
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Talk to the Pain Management Specialists
If you are looking for solutions to reduce chronic pain, then our team is here to help. We offer minimally invasive interventions to help patients decrease their use of pain medications.
At Kentuckiana Pain Specialists, our focus is on comprehensive pain management care by providing patients with alternative treatments. If you are located in Louisville, Kentucky, or the surrounding areas, we invite you to contact us for a consultation. Call our office to learn about available treatments and schedule a time to meet with a pain doctor: (502) 995-4004.