Pain Management Procedures
At El Paso Specialty Hospital, we offer various types of pain management services including facet joint injections, lumbar epidural steroid injections, and intrathecal pump implant. All of our pain management options are designed to help relieve the pain you are feeling due to damaged joints.
- Facet Joint Injections: The facet joints are found on both sides of the back of the spine. They can sometimes become irritated or inflamed. Facet Joint Injections can be used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. With the help of an x‐ray device, the physician will insert a needle into the facet joint. If pain is relieved consistently in the days following the injection, then the facet joints were likely the cause of the pain.
- Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection: Low back and radiating leg pain can be treated with a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. Using an x‐ray device for guidance, the physician inserts a needle into the epidural space between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. A combination of steroids and anesthetics are injected into the nerve roots of the epidural space for maximum pain relief.
- Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection: Similar to the Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection, this procedure is used to treat low back and radiating leg pain. However, this injection is inserted into the spaces in the sides of the spine, which are called the foramina.
- IDET- Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy: IDET can be used to treat low back pain caused by disc disease or small disc herniation. The physician inserts a hollow needle into the affected disc and then inserts an electrothermal catheter, which is placed against the diseased portion of the disc. The heat from the catheter will cause the tears in the disc wall to shrink and repair themselves.
- Intrathecal Pump Implant: If conservative treatment methods have failed and surgery is not recommended for you, an Intrathecal Pump Implant may be able to help. This pain management treatment option involves the insertion of a permanent catheter and a pump, which will dispense medicine in the area directly surrounding the spinal cord, providing relief for chronic pain.