Spine Procedures

Spine Procedures

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

A cervical epidural steroid injection places anti-inflammatory medicine into the cervical area to decrease inflammation of the nerve roots and provide pain relief in the neck, shoulders and arms.

Facet Joint Injections

A facet joint injection is the injection of medications - usually cortisone or an anesthetic - into the facet joints, which connect the vertebrae in the spine. This procedure numbs the pain and reduces inflammation in the facet joints.

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Lumbar epidural steroid injections are injections of steroid medication into the lower pack to provide relief and treat pain in the lower back and legs (sciatica).

Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

The foramen is the gap between the vertebrae through which the lumbar nerve root exits the spine and travels down to the leg. The lumbar nerve root can become pinched between the disc and foramen causing pain. During a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection, a doctor injects an anesthetic to provide pain relief and a steroid to reduce nerve swelling and inflammation.

Medial Branch Block

Medial branch nerves are small nerve branches that control feeling in the joints (facet joints) that connect vertebrae in the spine. A medial branch block injection numbs the joints, providing pain relief and, if necessary, allowing a doctor to determine and treat the cause of the pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection

Sacroiliac facet joints are small joints in the lower back and buttocks where the pelvis connects with the spine. A sacroiliac joint injection numbs the joints, providing pain relief and, if necessary, allowing a doctor to determine and treat the cause of the pain.

Scoliosis Surgery

Scoliosis is a progressive curving or twisting of the spine that usually affects children from ages 10 to 14. If the curve of the spine exceeds 40 degrees, a doctor may recommend scoliosis surgery. During this procedure, a surgeon typically makes an incision on the back to align and fuse the vertebrae in the area of the curvature. Surgery may last several hours and require a hospital stay of several days.

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