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Pain Relief is Possible without Opioids! Gilbert, AZ – January, 2018 – Did you pain medicine is more than opioid prescriptions? Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive procedures to obtain long-term pain relief in a variety of painful spine and joint conditions. Are you a Candidate for Interventional Pain Management? Chronic pain can be the result of different pain conditions, such as,        

Bulging and herniated discs Degenerative disc disease Osteoarthritis Radiculopathy Sacroiliac joint disorders Facet joint syndrome Spinal stenosis Spondylolisthesis

What are the most commonly used interventional pain management procedures?  Epidural steroid injection (ESI) – An ESI involves the insertion of a needle into the epidural space around the spinal cord, with or without an anesthetic, to deliver the medication into the epidural space and relieve pain from the nearby spinal nerves.  Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection – The SI or sacroiliac joints may often be affected by arthritis. Injecting these joints with an anesthetic and steroid agent will offer pain relief. X-ray guidance is used to assure correct needle placement.  Facet joint injection (FJI) – The facet joints are tiny joints along the posterior region of the spinal column. When inflammation and pain occurs due to damage to these joints, a corticosteroid may be injected.  Selective nerve root block – To target a particular single nerve root in the spine, the doctor may use an injection. The nerve block allows the doctor to determine the exact nerve that causes the pain.  Trigger point injections – For painful trigger points of the muscle and connective tissue, the doctor may use trigger point injections. This involves injecting an anesthetic or other medication into the trigger point.  Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – This small device delivers mild electrical current to help block pain signal transmission. To avoid use of opioids, there are several options for treatment of pain. These include:  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – Used for short-term relief of pain, or example, these include ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen.  Tricyclic antidepressants These drugs include amitriptyline, nortriptyline, desipramine, and imipramine. Additional benefits of these drugs include assistance with sleep and treatment for depressed mood.  Anticonvulsants – Drugs like gabapentin have proven useful for neuropathic pain. They work by decreasing acetylcholine for nerve impulse transmission. Carbamazepine reduces synaptic transmissions at the level of the brain, and is often used for chronic pain.  Muscle relaxants – Lioresal and Flexiril are muscle relaxants that inhibit certain reflexes to provide muscle relaxation.  Topical agents – These include lidocaine (anesthetic), mexiletine, Biofreeze, and capsaicin, which depletes substance P and decreases pain impulse transmission.


To learn more about Arizona pain management, call one of the top pain clinics in Arizona, Desert Interventional Spine Consultants at 480-838-1914 Today. DISC pain doctors in Arizona offer the highest quality pain management in Gilbert, AZ, with cutting edge interventional pain treatments and precise diagnostic tests for your spine and extremities. Your pain specialist would educate and help you understand your pain, so as to enable you to make an informed decision on your treatment.

Pain relief is possible without opioids!  

Did you pain medicine is more than opioid prescriptions? Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive procedures to obtain long-te...

Pain relief is possible without opioids!  

Did you pain medicine is more than opioid prescriptions? Interventional pain management uses minimally invasive procedures to obtain long-te...

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