Entries by Pisa Pain

What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant?

A Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (also called SCS) uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is believed that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from being received by the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from neuropathic pain and for whom conservative treatments have failed. Electrodes at the […]

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

A stellate ganglion block is an injection that numbs branches of nerves in your neck. This helps doctors find and treat a number of problems linked to the nerves. Treatment may require a series of injections. The stellate ganglion nerves travel along both sides of your spine. They are associated with a wide range of […]

What is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

During this minimally-invasive procedure, the provider uses heat from radio waves to treat painful facet joints in your upper back. This procedure is also called radiofrequency rhizotomy. It can treat pain that doesn’t respond to medications or to physical therapy.

What are Trigger Point Injections?

This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. These small, tender knots can form in muscles or in the fascia (the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs). The trigger point injection procedure takes only a few minutes to complete. In preparation for the procedure, the patient […]

What is Spinal Stenosis?

The spinal column contains open spaces that create passageways for the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of (or an intrusion into) these openings. This can cause a compression of the nerves. Spinal stenosis most commonly affects the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine.

What is Spondylolisthesis?

This condition occurs when a lumbar vertebra slips out of place. It slides forward, distorting the shape of your spine. This may compress the nerves in the spinal canal. The nerves that exit the foramen (open spaces on the sides of your vertebrae) may also be compressed. These compressed nerves can cause pain and other […]

What is Scoliosis?

This condition is an abnormal curvature of the spine. It most often develops in early childhood, just before a child reaches puberty. In most cases, the direct cause of scoliosis is not understood. Genetics may play a role. It can run in families. It can also result from neuromuscular conditions, birth defects and injuries of the […]

What is Post-Laminectomy Syndrome?

This condition, also called “failed back syndrome,” is a type of chronic pain. It can develop in some people after spine surgery. This pain most often develops after a laminectomy procedure. This is the removal of bone at the rear of your vertebrae. The procedure is done to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves. But after […]

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

This condition is a problem with the peripheral nervous system. These are the nerves that branch out from your brain and spinal cord and travel to all of the other parts of your body. Because the peripheral nerves play a role in so many functions in your body, peripheral neuralgia can cause a wide range of […]