If you are suffering from back pain or joint pain, and the condition is getting worse day by day, Fluoroscopic Guided Injection therapy can prove to be an extremely effective method for treating the pain without surgery. Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that collects real-time images of internal structures of the body using a fluoroscope. At Pain Therapy Medical Care, we thrive at providing our patients with best-in-class treatment and pain management. Whether you are suffering from back pain, or shoulder pain, knee pain, or any other joint problem, doctors at Pain Therapy Medical Care can address the issues you are having with your body.
What is a Fluoroscopic Guided Injection Therapy for Pain Management?
Fluoroscopic Guided Injection therapy is a process where injections are carefully guided to the right body location. Fluoroscopy enables the doctors to monitor the joints in real-time that further helps in diagnosing the disease as well. We use this technique specifically for therapeutic reasons. The injection combines a numbing agent and a corticosteroid. It is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require any post-exam monitoring and can temporarily relieve pain caused due to an inflamed joint. In short, with this technique, we can help you diagnose the source of pain, as well as perform the treatment to alleviate the discomfort.
Accuracy Delivers Injection More Precisely
Medical care experts at Pain Therapy Medical Care understand joint pain can be extremely vicious and disrupt your lifestyle. We have designed this therapy with the utmost care and diligence to help you manage the pain and lead a healthy life. The use of fluoroscopy improves accuracy. It allows our doctors to guide the injection needle to the exact location under direct visualization. This means that our physician is able to inject an anesthetic and inflammation-reducing steroid with maximum accuracy. Our Fluoroscopic Guided Injection Therapy is designed to tackle issues that other pain management therapies face. The injections can be used for hard-to-reach areas, such as the sacroiliac joint, hip, shoulder, and spine. With that said, we can help you treat conditions like:
- Rotator cuff issues
- Shoulder arthritis
- Sacroiliac joint issues
- Piriformis syndrome
- Lumbar disc herniation
- Lumbar spine arthritis
- Hip arthritis
The injection contains a corticosteroid and an anesthetic numbing agent (lidocaine) The most common corticosteroids we use are methylprednisolone, triamcinolone, or dexamethasone, etc. We thoroughly examine your body before determining the right concentration of injection to avoid any side effects.
What to Expect When you Visit Pain Therapy Medical Care for Fluoroscopic Guided Injection Therapy?
- During a Fluoroscopic Guided Injection therapy, it is best to wear clothes that can be easily removed for better convenience of the physician. If it is your knees, refrain from wearing jeans or any other tight pants. Shorts are good. Same with the upper body. Wear something loose like a Tee or a shirt.
- We will then once again explain to you the procedure, and if you have any questions or concerns, one of our nurses will be there to cater to your needs.
- A certified radiologist will then scan the area under X-ray using a fluoroscopy
- The affected area will be cleaned by the physician utilizing the sterile technique
- Your skin will be numbed, and then the physician will advance the needle to the location to inject the steroid (pain medicine)
- In order to confirm that the needle has reached the right location, an x-ray dye could be used (only in cases of uncertainties). Then the pain medicine will be injected
- The injection will be slowly removed, and a bandaid will be applied to the punctured skin
- You will be told to stay put for at least 15-20 minutes. This is because it will help the physician in obtaining the post-procedure pain level
Finally, you can leave. For the next 24 hours, you will be required to not submerge the injected area in water, including the swimming pool or bathtub or hot tub. Our doctor will tell you when you can return to your daily routine and activities based on the amount of pain you had before, and the amount of steroid injected into the affected area.
Are There Any Complications Post-Procedure
Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to rest on the table for some time. In the meantime, our nurse and doctor will examine how you are feeling. You may feel a little woozy or lightheaded. But it is temporary and will wear off after a short period of time. The injected area may feel numb for a couple of hours. This is because of the anesthetic. Overall, you will experience relief after the procedure with no to minimal side effects.
Can Insurance Cover these Injections?
Pain Therapy Medical Care accepts most insurance. However, what percentage of the procedure cost will be covered will depend on your individual insurance plan.