Entries by Pisa Pain

Facet Joint Injections

The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation. In preparation for the procedure, the provider numbs the skin and tissue above the facet joint […]

Congratulations to Dr. Eric G. Cornidez!

Celebrating the 2017 winners at the 40 Under 40 Awards Breakfast, December 5, 2017   Congratulations to Dr. Eric G. Cornidez for receiving the award for 40 under 40 from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star. The award recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their […]

Kyphoplasty (Balloon Vertebroplasty)

This minimally-invasive procedure repairs a vertebral compression fracture. It helps restore the spine’s natural shape. Some patients experience rapid pain relief after the procedure. Before the procedure, you are anesthetized. The physician guides a needle through the skin of your back and into your fractured vertebra. A special x-ray device called a “fluoroscope” helps the […]

What is a Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection?

This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions. The patient lies face down. A cushion under the stomach area provides comfort and flexes the back. In this position, the spine opens and allows for easier access to the […]

What is a Lumbar Sympathetic Block?

This procedure is an injection that numbs branches of nerves in your lower back. It helps doctors find and treat a number of problems linked to these nerves. Usually, a series of injections is needed to treat a problem. The sympathetic nerves travel along both sides of your spine. They are associated with a wide […]

What is a Medial Branch Block?

The medial branch block 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. In preparation for the procedure, the patient is positioned on his stomach. The provider injects a local anesthetic. This numbs the […]

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 […]