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Pain Management Solutions

When it comes to any procedure, agonizing pain can occur. That’s why at Via Radiology, we strive to eliminate pain by offering a wide variety of pain management solutions. With the help of image guidance, we can precisely determine the source of your pain and the proper injection site for our local anesthetics. At Via Radiology, our staff is trained to be quick and safe, eliminating any opportunity for added discomfort.

How Do I Prepare For My Pain Management Treatment?

• Wear loose and comfortable clothing
• Secure a driver that has agreed to come with you to your appointment
• Let us know in advance if you are breastfeeding or could be pregnant.
• Let us know if you are taking blood thinners. (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix, Lovanox, or aspirin)
• Please inform us of any allergies you may have. (iodine, lidocaine, latex or steroids)

What Are The 6 Types Of Injections?

1. Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI) – A non-surgical way to decrease back pain, often associated with inflammation of nerve roots and swelling. The injection includes a steroid medication and an anesthetic that are placed into the epidural space in the spine.

2. Facet Joint Injection – This is commonly associated with arthritis or back injury. An injection is made where one vertebrae slightly overlaps the adjacent one, where the facet joints are located. The procedure involves injecting an aesthetic and steroid medication into the joint.

3. Joint Injection – These 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. This procedure can vary.

4. Sacroiliac Joint Injection (SJI) – These joints are located next to the spine and are rather small. This procedure involves injecting a steroid medication into the joint. This procedure helps decrease pain and diagnoses the source of it.

5. Selective Nerve Root Block – This procedure helps determine the source of pain. It involves a needle that is inserted through an adjacent area to the nerve root. Once inserted, medication and an anesthetic and/or steroid is injected into the area.

6. Trigger Point Injection – This procedure also helps relieve pain and diagnose the source of pain. A needle is injected into the trigger point, and a local anesthetic or steroid is directly administered.

What Happens Next?

• You will be immediately discharged and your physician will provide you with instructions
• Your driver should be arrange to pick you up accordingly
• No strenuous activity for 6 hours
• Pain may increase for2 to 3 days
• Pain can be treated with Tylenol or Advil, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
• Ice may be applied to the area for no more than 15 minutes, 4 to 5 times a day.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your pain management solution appointment, please feel free to contact us at Via Radiology!

About Via Radiology

Via Radiology provides Seattle radiology and diagnostic imaging procedures including bone density exams, mammography, ultrasound, MRI, PET scan exams and CT scan exams. Contact us online for more information.