Spine Pain Procedures in Sonora

Advanced procedures to relieve back pain

When medication, physical therapy or modifications in daily activities fail to relieve chronic back pain, there are minimally invasive options that may work well for you. Spine pain procedures offered at the Center for Spine Health are done under fluoroscopic (a type of X-ray) guidance by expertly trained physicians.

Examples of spine pain procedures include:

  • Epidural injection: The epidural space surrounds the spinal canal and nerve roots. For pain caused by inflammation around the nerve roots, an epidural injection using a potent anti-inflammatory (such as cortisone) can shrink swollen tissue and decrease pain.
  • Facet joint injection: A facet joint injection uses a solution of steroid with local anesthetic to help relieve pain and inflammation in the joints between the vertebrae, usually caused by years of wear and tear. This allows the patient to work on strengthening the muscles and stabilizing the joints for long-term pain relief.
  • Medial nerve branch block: This procedure can be used to determine the source of back or neck pain. A small amount of anesthetic is injected onto suspected nerves that transmit pain signals from the facet joint to the brain. If the patient gets immediate relief, the patient may then be a candidate for radiofrequency ablation.
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy ablation: This procedure is used to treat facet joint pain caused by arthritis or other degenerative changes, or from an injury. Instead of anesthetic as in the medial nerve branch block, a needle delivers energy to cauterize the nerve and provide longer-term relief, lasting many months to years.
  • Sacroiliac joint injection: The sacroiliac joint, which basically connects your spine to your pelvis, is commonly affected by arthritis and degeneration. This pain can be treated with a combination of steroid injection to calm the inflammation and exercise and physical therapy to stabilize the joint.

Call the Center for Spine Health at (209) 536-3366.