Procedures

This diagnostic procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex and twist.

 A facet joint injection, or facet block, is a non-surgical procedure in which a combination anaesthetic/steroid is delivered directly into a facet joint in the spine that may be causing back or neck pain. The purpose of the anaesthetic is to ease the pain; the steroid to relieve inflammation. The effects of the injection may be temporary or permanent, and the procedure also may be used as a diagnostic tool to determine whether the facet joint is the cause of the pain.

This injection aims to decrease the swelling of nerves caused by compression of the nerve root in the cervical spine.

This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. The steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated discs.

 This injection procedure aims to reduce swelling and inflammation which will relieve lower back and leg pain. 

This procedure is used to sample the cerebrospinal fluid, also called CSF. This fluid bathes the spinal cord, the nerve roots and the brain. The CSF sample is taken with a needle placed between the vertebrae of the lower spine.

This outpatient procedure is an injection of a steroid-anesthetic medication through an opening in the sacrum. The medication can reduce swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerves. The injection takes only a few minutes to complete.

This minimally-invasive procedure can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or physical therapy. The procedure is performed with heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in the neck. The procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy.

Also called a “discogram,” this procedure helps identify painful spinal discs in the back.

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