Under the direction of Allan Rowley MD, The Spine Institute of Arizona offers a wide range of injection procedures for both the Diagnosis (diagnostic injection) and Treatment (therapeutic injection) of Spinal conditions. These injections are sometimes referred to as blocks.
A diagnostic injection is typically ordered when the source of pain has not been clearly defined. These injections contain a contrast agent and a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. The local anesthetic serves to numb the nerves temporarily which prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain.
A therapeutic injection is typically ordered to help provide temporary relief of pain and inflammation. These injections contain a contrast agent and local anesthetic and a corticosteroid agent. The corticosteroid that is added to the therapeutic injection helps to reduce inflammation that may be irritating the nerve fibers which will prevent pain signals from being generated.
All injections performed by a member of the Spine Institute of Arizona are done under fluoroscopic guidance.
There are many pain generating structures in the spine such as the discs, facet joints, nerve roots, muscles and ligaments. Each of these pain generating structures can be treated with different types of injections such as Epidural Steroid Injections, Medial Branch Blocks, Facet Joint Injections, Sacroiliac Joint Injections, or Trigger Point Injections to name a few.
Determination of whether an injection would be beneficial is determined after careful consideration of a patient’s history and physical examination as well as results of imaging studies such as MRI, and CT Scans.
Other services offered by our Interventional Pain Management Center include Radiofrequency Ablation, Kyphoplasty and Acupuncture.
If you feel you may benefit from one of these procedures and would like to come in for a consultation call the Spine Institute at (602) 953-9500.