Nerve damage can cause pain all throughout the body, but can be easily remedied using a number of different treatments. Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates offers nerve pain treatments to patients living in and around Alpharetta, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.
What is Nerve Pain?
Nerves are responsible for sending pain signals through the body. When nerves are pinched or damaged, they can send signals that cause significant pain and discomfort. Sometimes, these nerves will heal on their own. However, some patients may desire treatments to eliminate pain while the body heals. In some cases, nerves can be destroyed or blocked without implications. In either case, Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates offers treatments to help.
Transforaminal Epidural Injection
Transforaminal epidural injections offer a non-surgical way to treat cervical, thoracic and lumbar pain, and improve mobility. These steroid injections are often recommended as a way to buy time to allow the body to heal and/or to avoid surgery after other conservative methods have failed. You will be asked to lie on your back, and one of our expert physicians will insert a small-gauge blunt needle into the epidural space through the bony opening of the exiting nerve root in the vertebrae. The physician will then use fluoroscopic (real-time X-ray) guidance to protect the nerve root from damage. To ensure the needle is properly placed, the physician will also inject a radiopaque dye to enhance the fluoroscopic images. Patients suffering from chronic pain conditions like large disc herniations, foraminal stenosis, and lateral disc herniations often benefit from these steroid injections, achieving maximum improvement in six weeks.
In some cases, damaged nerves can send faulty pain signals to the brain, causing different pain symptoms. These nerves can be safely removed using a method called radiofrequency ablation (also called facet joint denervation). If you are experiencing back pain as a result of facet joint dysfunction, it is likely that you will have some damage to these nerves that causes additional pain and discomfort. Once the nerves are removed, the pain goes away, while leaving the facet joints fully functional.
Selective Nerve Root Block Injections
Patients experiencing nerve root pain may be recommended a selective nerve root block injection. This treatment uses digital X-rays in combination with carefully placed injections to determine the source of the pain and alleviate it. This is one of our more commonly performed treatments, with which we find high success rates and very little risk. Patients experiencing facial pain, jaw pain, or trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with similar nerve-blocking treatments. This includes facial blocks, bio-facial blocks, and occipital blocks.
If you are considering a nerve pain treatment at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We offer nerve pain treatments and other pain relief therapies to patients living in and around Alpharetta, Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.