Treatment For Neck and Thoracic Pain
Neck and thoracic pain are both conditions that many patients experience. After diagnostic testing to determine the likely pain source, we can then develop a treatment plan, which sometimes includes interventional procedures.
Cervical Facet Medial Branch Blocks
This procedure consists of an anesthetic injection near the medial nerves connected to a specific facet joint. This procedure is primarily diagnostic; if the patient experiences immediate relief from pain after the procedure, then we can conclude that the facet joint is the source of the pain, which leads us to the next procedure.
Cervical Facet Medial Branch Radio-Frequency Ablation (RFA)
Although the name might be intimidating, the procedure is quite simple. RFA is used to eliminate pain by using an electrical current produced by a radio wave that heats up a small area of nerve tissue. The result, is elimination of pain in that specific area.
Cervical Epidural Injections
Cervical epidural injections are steroid injections used to relieve pain and inflammation in the upper and middle portion of your spine. This procedure has proven its effectiveness time and time again.
Cervical Facet Injections
In a cervical facet injection, an anesthetic and a steroid are injected into one or more of your cervical facet joints. The anesthetic will numb the area, and the steroid will treat the inflammation.
Thoracic Facet Injections
Similar to cervical facet injections, an anesthetic and steroid are injected into one or more of your thoracic facet joints to help numb the pain and treat inflammation in that area.