Medications are one of the most common non-surgical ways to relieve pain, numbness, and tingling associated with spinal stenosis. However, their effects are often short-term and primarily focused on symptomatic relief. Moreover, pain medications also result in a variety of side effects, such as upset stomach, tolerance, and dependence, liver damage, etc.
If you are seeking effective pain relief without relying on pain medications or undergoing surgery, interventional pain management procedures and minimally invasive pain management therapies are valuable options for you. These techniques and procedures are typically performed by pain management specialists and provide targeted relief for various painful conditions.
Here are some examples of these procedures and therapies.
Nerve Block Injections
This involves injecting an anesthetic drug near the compressed nerve that sends pain signals to the brain. The anesthetic drug blocks the nerve from sending the pain signal and thereby helps relieve spinal stenosis pain.
Guided injections refer to injection therapy involving imaging techniques like fluoroscopy to inject the drug into the affected area. A pain management doctor can inject corticosteroids, anesthetic drugs, and hyaluronic acid into the affected area to relieve pain associated with spinal stenosis. Examples of guided injections include epidural, facet joint, and sacroiliac joint injections.
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as rhizotomy, is a technique that uses radio waves to generate heat that will destroy the endings of the nerves associated with spinal stenosis pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a minimally invasive pain management therapy used to treat chronic pain associated with spinal stenosis. As a type of neuromodulation therapy, spinal cord stimulation uses a spinal cord stimulator to send a low level of electric current into the spinal cord to reduce pain signals.
Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
Dorsal root ganglion stimulation uses a device (called dorsal root ganglion stimulator) that uses a low dose of electricity to alter pain signals in a specific nerve bundle called dorsal root ganglion.
Vertiflex is a highly effective, minimally invasive pain management procedure that can significantly relieve pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. During the procedure, a pain management specialist makes a small incision and inserts a spacer between the affected spine level.
Pain Management Doctor in Melbourne, FL
If you are looking for a highly skilled and compassionate pain management doctor who can address a comprehensive range of painful neck and back conditions without medications and surgery, visit us here at Central Florida Spine & Pain. Our pain management specialist and his team will comprehensively assess your condition and recommend a customized treatment plan, which may consist of various procedures and techniques to eliminate the excruciating pain and improve your overall quality of life.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with our exceptionally skilled pain management doctor, please contact our staff today at (321) 802-5021 or fill out our online appointment request form now