Disc pain is common, especially in middle age, and it can have a serious impact on your quality of life. But we offer several solutions to get you back to living your life, pain-free.
Epidural Steroid Injections:
The epidural space is within the spinal canal and surrounds the spinal cord. Steroid injections into this space can help to decrease inflammation of spinal nerves. These injections are usually given in a series of three for a cumulative effect. They are used for problems such as, herniated discs, sciatica, radiculopathy, narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), and discogenic low back pain. They can be given in the neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine), lower back (lumbar spine), and from the level of the tailbone (caudal approach).
Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET):
This procedure is used to treat pain as a result of damaged discs. This procedure involves the insertion of a needle into the affected disc with the guidance of an X-ray machine. A wire is then threaded down through the needle and into the disc. The wire is then heated, resulting is destruction of small nerve fibers that have grown into and invaded the degenerating disc. The heat also triggers the body to generate new reinforcing proteins in the fibers of the disc.
This procedure is used to treat pain as a result of damaged discs. Under X-ray guidance, a needle is inserted into the disc causing pain. A drill-like probe is inserted through the needle into the disc, and disc material is removed.
This procedure is used to treat pain as a result of damaged discs. Under X-ray guidance, a needle is inserted into the disc. A flexible tube (catheter) is inserted through the needle into the disc. Using radiofrequency energy, disc material is slowly heated. This results in damage of nerves transmitting pain and generation of new reinforcing proteins in the fibers of the disc.
This procedure is used to treat pain as a result of damaged discs. A needle is inserted into the affected disc. A special radiofrequency probe is inserted through the needle into the disc. This probe generates a highly focused plasma field with enough energy to break up the molecular bonds of the gel in disc. The result is that 10-20% of the disc is removed which decompresses the disc and reduces the pressure both on the disc and the surrounding nerve roots.