Herniated Disc (Cervical)

// Herniated Disc (Cervical) This condition is a rupture of one of the vertebral discs in your neck. A herniated disc can allow disc material to press harmfully against the spinal nerves. Anatomy Vertebral discs are tough, elastic pads that act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. They cushion the vertebrae and allow the spine to twist and bend. Each ...

Facet Joint Syndrome

// Facet Joint Syndrome Facet Joint Syndrome is a deterioration of the facet joints, which help stabilize the spine and limit excessive motion. The facet joints are lined with cartilage and are surrounded by a lubricating capsule that enables the vertebrae to bend and twist. Joint Damage Facet joint syndrome occurs when the facet joints become stressed and damaged. This damage ...

Cervical Radiculopathy

// Cervical Radiculopathy Cervical Radiculopathy is a condition that is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues ...

Spinal Cord Stimulation (Medtronic)

// Spinal Cord Stimulation (Medtronic) Spinal cord stimulation Medtronic (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed. This is a common ...

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection

// Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint. Sacroiliac Joint Located The patient lies face down. A cushion is placed under the stomach for comfort and to arch ...

Medial Branch Block

// Medial Branch Block A Media Branch Block is a diagnostic procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex and twist. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned on his stomach. The physician injects a local anesthetic. ...

Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

// Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection This outpatient procedure is an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication. The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. This procedure is performed to relieve pain in the lower back and pain that radiates from the back to the legs. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete. Preparation In preparation ...

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy

// Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy This minimally-invasive procedure, also called radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy, reduces or eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals. This procedure is performed with local anesthetic. Preparation In preparation for the procedure, you lie on your stomach. You are given medicicine to make you feel relaxed. The ...

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

// Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions. This procedure is a very common spinal pain treatment used at Alabama Pain Physicians. Patient Positioning The patient lies face down. A cushion under the stomach area provides comfort and ...

Discography

// Discography This diagnostic procedure, also called discogram, is used to determine whether back pain is caused by one or more spinal discs. The procedure involves pressurizing suspect discs with an injection of sterile liquid to induce pain. Discography helps the specialist plan a course of treatment. IV Inserted In preparation for the procedure, the patient lies on the side ...