Entries by Pisa Pain

About Pain Management

Pain management is a term that is used to describe various healthcare techniques that are available to help reduce pain and discomfort that is associated with a variety of pain conditions. In addition, these therapies often help to improve the patient’s quality of life. Pain management is particularly relevant to patients suffering from chronic pain […]

What is an Axillary Brachial Plexus Block?

This outpatient procedure numbs the arm and hand with an injection of local anesthetic. Typically, it is used before or after surgery on the elbow, forearm or hand. The numbing sensation will last for several hours after the injection. The arm will be placed in a sling until the nerve block wears off. When the anesthesia […]

What is a Celiac Plexus Block?

This procedure temporarily disrupts the nerves of the celiac plexus. These nerves branch away from your spine. They connect to the organs in your abdomen. Pain signals caused by conditions such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer travel through these nerves on the way to your brain. A celiac plexus block can relieve your pain.

What is a Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection?

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs and spinal stenosis can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.

What is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

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

What is Cervical Selective Nerve Root Block (CSNRB)?

This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. It can be used to treat conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and radiculopathy. The procedure is performed with the patient lying face down or face up to expose the neck. The patient […]

What is a Fascia Iliaca Block (FICB)?

This procedure is performed to block pain signals from traveling along the femoral nerve from the thigh or knee to the brain. It is commonly used to alleviate pain that can appear after certain leg surgeries such as total knee replacement.

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 […]

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 […]