When fetuses form in utero, the process begins with stem cells. These undifferentiated cells migrate to the appropriate body part and “grow into” the cell type used to build a specific tissue. These cells are called fetal stem cells. As adults, our bodies also manufacture undifferentiated cells that possess the ability to develop into a specific cell type. Learn More.
Spinal cord stimulator includes an implanted battery unit attached to leads placed in the appropriate level of the epidural space in your spine. Electrical impulses stimulate pain fibers and the new impulse reaches the brain before the pain signal arrives. Pain is blocked and you feel relief. Learn More.
Intrathecal drug delivery system, or pain pump, delivers a very small amount of pain medication directly to the intrathecal space, or area of fluid around the spinal cord. This allows a low medication dose to be delivered precisely to pain receptors, often eliminating the need for oral pain medication. Learn More.
Selective nerve root block (SNRB) is an injection of steroid and local anesthetic (numbing medication) around a spinal nerve root. The injection is used to determine the location of a specific nerve root that is the suspected cause of your pain. This procedure may also be used to treat arm and leg pain related to a herniated disc. Learn More.
Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment option for patients with neck and back pain related to arthritis, car accident and trauma. Radiofrequency ablation utilizes a specialized generator that produces radiofrequency current. This current passes through a needle and results in precise heating at the tip of the needle which is placed near the nerve carrying pain signals from the facet joints. Learn More.
The sympathetic nerves are a group of nerves found along the front side of the spinal column. They are part of the autonomic nervous system and control many functions including: sweating, heart rate, digestion, and blood pressure. Sometimes these nerves continue to transmit pain following an injury even after the injury has healed. Learn More.
Stellate ganglion block is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medication) around the stellate ganglion nerves which are located in the front of the neck. Stellate ganglion block may be therapeutic (to relieve pain) and/or diagnostic to determine the source of your pain. Learn More.