Is a subspecialty of the medical specialty, pain management, devoted to the use of invasive techniques such as Computed Tomography (CT) guided nerve root blocks and tranfoctramental epidural steroids. Both having excellent therapeutic benefits and help prevent the majority of patients from needing a surgery.
The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra is a ‘disc’ that allows the spine to be flexible. In between adjacent vertebrae, there is an opening on each side called ‘foramen’, through which a nerve exits on its way to other parts of the body.
Back and/or leg pain can come from compression of the nerve as it passes through the foramen. Compression can come from a damaged, bulging disc, or from extra bone that grows as a response to arthritis in the joints between the vertebrae. Meeting with your primary care provider to review a detailed history of your symptoms is recommended.
The nerve is surrounded by a ‘sleeve’. CT guided injection of ‘steroid’ medication into the ‘sleeve’ surrounding the nerve root decreases inflammation in the nerve root and will often reduce pain caused by nerve root inflammation.
For more information call Wickenburg Community Hospital at 928-684-5421 and ask for Peter Stachowicz, or e-mail him with your contact information and questions.
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