Sometimes, a minimally invasive surgical treatment is the most effective way to treat pain. Much less intensive than major surgery, this type of procedure is an injection or small incision where the proper medications can be placed into the affected area.
Types of Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments
Pain management specialists can perform several types of minimally invasive surgical treatments at our pain management center in Jacksonville.
- Trigger point injections: A trigger point is a knot in a muscle that irritates the surrounding nerves, causing pain. An injection is made into the trigger point to render it inactive, which frees up the surrounding nerves and relieves the pain.
- Lumbar epidural steroid injections: Lower back pain and sciatica can be treated with an injection into the spine that flushes out the proteins causing inflammation. Lumbar epidural steroid injections have been administered since the 1950s and continue to be widely used today.
- Facet joint injections: The facet joints are located in your spine and help you bend and twist. This type of procedure involves using a live X-ray machine to guide a needle into the facet joint to insert anti-inflammatory medicine that will ease back and neck pain.
- Sacroiliac joint injections: Similar to a facet joint injection, this type of procedure injects pain-relieving medication into the sacroiliac joints located in between the pelvic bones.
Once pain is suppressed, these minimally invasive surgical treatments can be followed up with physical therapy to restore muscle strength and range of motion for continued pain management.
Request an appointment today with one of our pain management doctors in Jacksonville, North Carolina, to see how a minimally invasive surgical treatment can provide you with the pain relief you’ve been seeking.