Although it may conjure up images of ancient Oriental medicine, acupuncture has actually been successfully used in the United States for the past century and is recognized today by the World Health Organization as a medical treatment for many conditions.
Botulinum toxin (or Botox®) injection is a FDA-approved treatment that can be used to reduce the increased tone or muscle activity that results from spasticity and other conditions.
An EMG test makes use of needles and small shock waves to assess the function of the body’s muscles and nerves and helps evaluate the origin of numbness, weakness, and tingling symptoms.
ESI (Epidural Steroid Injections)
Epidural Steroid Injections have been used for many decades now to treat low back-related leg pain, or neck-related arm pain, both of which are results of inflamed spinal nerves.
This treatment relieves pain coming from inflammation or arthritis of the facet joints located outside the spinal cord.
Genicular Radiofrequency Ablation
In the past, there have been limited treatment options for patients with chronic knee pain. It is a frequent health problem affecting 25% of adults over the age of 50, and is frequently associated with osteoarthritis. Knee pain often limits what you can do, thereby reducing function and overall quality of life.
Medial Branch Block
This is both a pain relieving treatment and a diagnostic test used to treat and identify the source of arthritic or mechanical back pain.
This treatment, preceded by a facet injection or medial branch block, uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy nerves that are sending pain signals to the facet joints.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injection/Block
A sacroiliac joint injection both diagnoses the source of low back pain and treats it.
Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks have time-tested efficacy when it comes to serious chronic and episodic migrainous pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) are a treatment option for patients with neuropathic pain or pain that arises from nerves that have been damaged from arthritis, injury, complications from surgery, or disease. The FDA first approved the use of SCS in 1989 to relieve chronic pain from nerve damage in the trunk, arms, or legs. SCS work by delivering mild electrical stimulation to nerves in the spinal column, which modifies the neurologic pain signal that travels to the brain and minimizes pain.
Ultrasound Guided Injections
The same technology that allows doctors to monitor pregnancies is also used to ensure accuracy in needle injections. When painful muscles or joints are treated with an injection, doctors use ultrasound guidance to carefully place the needle point at the precise location of pain.