FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In Comprehensive Pain Specialists, we want to keep our patients informed. Here are some of the frequently asked questions on some of the procedures we offer. If you can’t find help on the topics below, please email us at support@cpspain.com.

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Epidural Steroid Injection

What is an Epidural Injection?

An epidural injection is an injection of steroid into the epidural space. The epidural space is a space in the spine between the vertebrae and the dural sac, which surrounds the spinal cord.

What is the purpose of the injection?

Theoretically, the steroid reduces the inflammation of the nerve roots as they exit the spine.

How much time the procedure take?

The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.

What medicine is injected?

Usually steroid, although sometimes a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid will be injected.

Will the injection hurt?

The procedure is performed under local anesthetic, which is used to numb the skin and deeper tissues. You may feel some pressure during the procedure but not much pain.

How is the injection performed?

The procedure is performed under x-ray guidance. The patient is lying on her/his stomach. The blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygenation are monitored. The skin is cleaned with antiseptic solution. The local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and then the injection is performed.

Medial Branch Blocks

What is a medical branch block?

Medial branch nerves are very small nerve branches that carry the pain message from the facet joints and the muscles around the joints. If the nerves are blocked or numbed, they will not be able to transfer the pain sensation from the joints to the brain.

Where are facet joints?

The facet joints are small joints in the back of the spine that form connections between each vertebra. Each vertebra has a surface on four facet joints, two on the upper or superior surface and two on the lower or inferior surface of the vertebrae. The facet joints limit how far you can twist or bend your back and neck.

What is the purpose of this procedure?

This is a diagnostic procedure. The injection is done to confirm the diagnosis of facet joint disease and to find out if the facet joints are contributing to your pain.

What medicine is injected?

Usually steroid, although sometimes a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid will be injected.

How much time the injection take?

There are usually three injections at each side, taking a total of about 15 minutes. There are usually three injections at each side, taking a total of about 15 minutes.

What medicine is injected?

We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine.

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

What is an Epidural Injection?

An epidural injection is an injection of steroid into the epidural space. The epidural space is a space in the spine between the vertebrae and the dural sac, which surrounds the spinal cord.

What is the purpose of the injection?

Theoretically, the steroid reduces the inflammation of the nerve roots as they exit the spine.

How much time the procedure take?

The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes.

What medicine is injected?

Usually steroid, although sometimes a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid will be injected.

Will the injection hurt?

The procedure is performed under local anesthetic, which is used to numb the skin and deeper tissues. You may feel some pressure during the procedure but not much pain.

How is the injection performed?

The procedure is performed under x-ray guidance. The patient is lying on her/his stomach. The blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygenation are monitored. The skin is cleaned with antiseptic solution. The local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and then the injection is performed.

Radiofrequency Ablation

What is a medical branch block?

Medial branch nerves are very small nerve branches that carry the pain message from the facet joints and the muscles around the joints. If the nerves are blocked or numbed, they will not be able to transfer the pain sensation from the joints to the brain.

Where are facet joints?

The facet joints are small joints in the back of the spine that form connections between each vertebra. Each vertebra has a surface on four facet joints, two on the upper or superior surface and two on the lower or inferior surface of the vertebrae. The facet joints limit how far you can twist or bend your back and neck.

What is the purpose of this procedure?

This is a diagnostic procedure. The injection is done to confirm the diagnosis of facet joint disease and to find out if the facet joints are contributing to your pain.

What medicine is injected?

Usually steroid, although sometimes a mixture of local anesthetic and steroid will be injected.

How much time the injection take?

There are usually three injections at each side, taking a total of about 15 minutes. There are usually three injections at each side, taking a total of about 15 minutes.

What medicine is injected?

We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine. We inject a local anesthetic like lidocaine or novocaine.

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