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Serving Seattle, WA and Surrounding Cities
Located in Seattle, WA, Via Radiology offers pain management treatment including many types of pain injections performed with the aid of the latest technology. Using local anesthesia and image guidance, your physician is able to inject the pain medication exactly where it's needed to treat your symptoms. The injections are quick, safe and well tolerated. Via Radiology physicians are fellowship-trained interventional radiologists who perform a variety of therapeutic procedures to treat pain symptoms. The pain management treatments available include epidural steroid injections (EPI), facet joint injections, nerve root block, joint injections, trigger point injections and Sacroiliac Joint Injection (SJI).
Pain Treatment Procedures
Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
An epidural steroid injection or ESI is a non-surgical way to decrease back pain that's often associated with inflammation of nerve roots and swelling. The injection delivers a steroid medication and anesthetic directly into the epidural space in the spine.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joints are located on the back of the spine on each side, where one vertebrae slightly overlaps the adjacent one. They help guide and restrict movement of the spine. The facet joint injection procedure involves injecting an anesthetic and steroid medication into the joint, to help decrease pain commonly associated with arthritis, neck or back injuries.
A Rhizotomy is a minimally invasive treatment that can provide lasting relief to people suffering from facet joint pain. Rhizotomy often provides longer lasting relief for pain than steroid treatment. In some cases, it may decrease pain severity for up to 2 years.
Selective Nerve Root Block
A nerve root block is performed to determine if a specific spinal nerve root is the source of pain and to help relieve pain. A needle is inserted through the skin into the area adjacent to the nerve root, then medication, including an anesthetic and/or steroid, is injected into the area.
Sacroiliac Joint Injection (SJI)
Sacroiliac joints are small joints located next to the spine in the low back and buttocks region. The Sacroiliac Joint Injection or SJI procedure involves injecting a steroid medication into the joint, to help decrease pain and diagnose the source of pain.
Joint injections are used to relieve pain and/or to display the joint space in greater detail than standard imaging. The joint is first injected with an anesthetic, then with a specialized fluid, depending on the procedure being performed.
Trigger Point Injection
A needle is injected into the trigger point, and a local anesthetic or steroid is administered directly into the area, to help relieve pain and diagnose the source of pain.
Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty is an innovative non-surgical procedure for vertebral compression fractures that can help treat back pain safely and effectively. Learn more about Vertebroplasty/Kyphoplasty.
What should I wear?
Via Radiology will supply you with scrubs to wear for your procedure.
For your safety and comfort, it is important for us to know in advance if you are breastfeeding or could be pregnant. Please let us know if you are taking any blood thinners; such as Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix, Lovanox or aspirin. Additionally, please inform us of any allergies, including allergies to iodine, lidocaine, latex or steroids.
What can be expected after treatment?
You will be discharged home immediately after the procedure and given instructions by your physician. Please bring a driver with you to the appointment. Please refrain from strenuous activity for six hours. After six hours, there is no additional activity limitation. Depending upon the procedure, the injection may increase your pain for two to three days. The pain may be treated with Tylenol or Advil (or prescription pain medication already prescribed by your referring physician), unless your physician has told you to avoid these medications.
Your comfort, safety and successful completion of the treatment is our goal. Please contact us for more information.