SSM Pain Care provides a full range of pain management solutions to reduce or eliminate your pain.
Conditions Treated Include:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Radiating Pain
- Chest Wall Pain
- Certain Types of Headaches
- Cancer Pain
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (Shingles)
- Facet Arthropathy
- Myofacial Syndrome
- Vertebral Compression Fracture
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Treatment Options Include:
- Epidural Steroid Injection, Lumbar, Thoracic or Cervical
- Also referred to as an epidural block, pain medication is injected in to the epidural space around your spinal cord and spinal nerves, stopping the nerves from transmitting pain signal
- Used to treat: neck, mid-back, lower back pain and radiating pain.
- Sympathetic Nerve Blocks
- An injection of anesthetic into different nerves to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain.
- Used to treat: nerve pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome in the arms or legs.
- Trigger Point Injections
- Injection of a local anesthetic into a tight band of muscles (called a trigger point) to alleviate pain.
- Used to treat: extremely painful areas of muscle, specifically in the arms, legs, lower back, and neck.
- Intercostal Nerve Block
- Injection of a local anesthetic between the two ribs where the intercostal nerve is located, temporarily blocking or disrupting painful nerve impulses.
- Used to treat: upper back, chest and rib pain.
- Facet Joint Injection
- A small amount of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected in the area of the facet joint.
- Used to treat: neck, back, or leg pain caused by inflammation, irritation, or arthritis of the facet joints.
- Radiofrequency Denervation
- Heat energy is used to alter small sensory nerves around the spinal joints that are causing pain.
- Used to treat: lower back pain.
- Selective Nerve Root Block
- The region around an irritated nerve root is isolated and injected with an anti-inflammatory medication.
- Used to treat: symptoms of a herniated disc, sciatica, or swelling/irritation of the nerve roots.
- Sacro-Iliac Joint Injections
- An injection of cortisone into the joints in the lower back.
- Used to treat: lower back pain from inflammation and/or swelling of the joint tissue.
- Spinal Cord/Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- A pacemaker-sized stimulator device is surgically implanted under the skin. It electrically activates a pain-inhibiting process and causes a tingling sensation that masks pain. The stimulator sends pulsed electrical signals to the spinal cord to control chronic pain.
- Used to treat: lower back pain and leg pain. Learn more
- Intrathecal Pain Pumps
- Like the spinal cord stimulator, an intrathecal pump is a pacemaker-sized specialized device that is surgically implanted under the skin. The pump delivers concentrated amounts of pain-relieving medications into the spinal fluid area through a small catheter (tubing).
- Used to treat: lower back pain
- Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
- These are minimally invasive procedures for vertebral compression fractures that occur in the small bones that make up the spinal column. The fractures are most common in people with the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis. In vertebroplasty, physicians inject a special cement mixture through a needle into the fractured bone. In kyphoplasty, a balloon is first inserted through the needle into the fractured bone to create a cavity or space to restrict where the cement goes.
- Used to treat: vertebral compression fractures. Learn more
- Piriformis Injections
- Injection temporarily eliminates pain by stopping muscle spasm, helping to determine if piriformis muscle contractures are involved in the cause of the pain.
- Used to treat: buttock and sciatica-type pains.
- Ganglion Impar Block
- Injection of a steroid and anesthetic around the ganglion impar nerves in the lower spine to block pain impulses.
- Used to treat: chronic pelvic pain
- A pressure gauge measures the pressure of the spinal discs to identify the source of pain, then contrast dye is injected to determine the shape of the disc.
- Used to: determine the source of persistent spinal pain and identify the best treatment method
- Physical Therapy
- Treatment, healing, and prevention of injuries or disabilities by relieving pain, promoting healing, and restoring function and movement. Active physical therapies include stretching, strengthening, aerobic, and pain relief exercises.
- Used to treat: a variety or muscle and joint pain.