Back pain can negatively affect your ability to live your life, including sports, work or even just necessary daily activities. That is no way to live! Chronic pain is now considered by experts as a disease. Pain medicine recognizes this and offers non- and minimally invasive methods to manage and treat pain.
With an individualized combination of medications, hands on interventions and minimally invasive procedures, the leading pain management doctors, such as Pain and Spine Clinics in Phoenix, offer relief so you can live a more comfortable and productive life.
Minimally invasive interventional pain treatments include nerve blocks. Often a group of nerves, called a plexus or ganglion, that causes pain to a specific organ or body region can be blocked with the injection of medication into a specific area of the body. This injection is called a nerve block
Splanchnic, Celiac, Superior Hypogastric or Sympathetic Chain Block
The celiac plexus block, as well as the splanchnic nerve block, superior hypogastric nerve block, and sympathetic chain block, is used to treat abdominal and lower pelvis pain. The pain of the abdominal and pelvic regions is often caused by entrapment, compression, or irritation of nerve bundles in conditions, such as fibrosis, tumor invasion, chronic inflammation, chronic pancreatitis, Crohn’s disease, and bowel disease.
Occipital nerve blocking is a treatment available for certain types of chronic head and neck pain. It can be used in the treatment of occipital neuralgia and a group of related conditions that cause headaches.
These headaches can occur due to trauma, whiplash injury, or other impacts to the back of the head and neck. This condition can be confused with migraines and it can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting as well.
Peripheral Nerve Blocks
A peripheral nerve block involves injecting an anesthetic agent on or near the nerve, or nerve bundle that controls movement and sensation, to numb the area and eliminate pain. Post-operative pain control, decreased need for strong pain medicine and fewer complications are the biggest advantages of peripheral nerve blocks.
Stellate Ganglion Blocks
A stellate ganglion block is used to treat pain and sympathetic nervous system symptoms of the head, neck, upper arms, or chest. This interventional pain management procedure is a minimally-invasive technique that offers long-term symptom relief.
Conditions that can be treated using the stellate ganglion block include Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Complex regional pain syndrome, Causalgia, Shingles/herpes zoster, Phantom limb pain and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
Phoenix pain management doctors treat all types of pain including different kind of headaches such as migraines, cluster headaches etc. They also specialize in treating back and neck pain, pelvic/abdominal pain, RSD and discomfort in one’s shoulder, hip, knees and ankle joints.