Facet Joint Injections
Facet joint injections are a low-risk procedure used to diagnose facet joint pain, also called posterior element pain. It involves the injection of an anaesthetic and steroid into the facet pain joint area. If you experience a significant reduction in pain following this procedure we can confirm the diagnosis of facet joint pain and may consider an interventional procedure (a facet joint neurotomy).
Spinal Disc Injections
A disc injection is a diagnostic procedure used to determine whether the interverbal discs are contributing to your pain. Depending on your requirements, disc injections can be performed at a single level (into one disc) or multiple levels (into multiple discs). If you experience a significant reduction in pain following this procedure we can confirm the diagnosis of facet joint pain.
Epidural injections are a class of procedures used to alleviate spinal nerve pain. They involve the injection of a long-acting steroid and anaesthetic into the epidural space, which is the space inside your spinal canal but outside your spinal cord. In most cases, this procedure delivers medium to long term pain relief.
Neuromodulation Stimulator Implant
Neuromodulation or ‘stimulator’ implants have been used for a very long time to treat complex, treatment-resistant spinal pain. They work by delivering high-frequency electrical pulses to the spinal cord or peripheral nerves. This modulates the transmission of pain signals to the brain, thereby reducing pain.
Facet Joint Neurotomy
A facet joint neurotomy is a highly specialised, interventional procedure used to provide long-term relief for facet joint pain. Neurotomies work by altering the function of the nerves associated with the painful facet joint. This stops pain signals originating in the joint from being reported to the brain. In so doing, it reduces your pain.