Interventional treatment is another option that Superior Performance Center offers to manage chronic pain. Interventional treatment uses techniques such as injections, nerve blocks, and radio frequency ablation (RFA) to address the direct source of your pain. Interventional treatment can assist in reliving conditions such as chronic headaches, low back pain, muscle pain, bone pain, and neck pain. Dr. Pierre Charles will use fluoroscopy to assist with all injection-based treatments. Fluoroscopy is real-time X-ray imaging used to see the injections and guide them to their exact location. Visit Superior Performance Center for your pain management needs and be confident in Dr. Pierre Charles treatments.
What is an Epidural?
An epidural is an injection that goes into the “epidural space” which is right outside of the protective membrane of the spinal cord. It can be used for managing pain during and after surgery, and it is a helpful option in managing chronic pain. Epidural injections can use a variety of medications, including corticosteroid injection, to relieve pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs. Conditions that can be treated with an epidural injection include joint arthritis, herniated disc, pinch nerve, spinal stenosis, and pain radiating from the spine.
What is a Nerve Block?
A nerve block can be used to “turn off” a pain signal in your body. It is an analgesic or anti-inflammatory injection directed toward a nerve or group of nerves to decrease pain and inflammation in an area of the body. A nerve block allows a damaged nerve time to heal without constantly irritating the patient. This is a temporary treatment, and Dr. PierreCharles may suggest other therapies to accompany this treatment.
What is RFA?
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) uses radio waves to produce an electrical current that will heat up the tissues in order to decrease the pain signals in that area. This type of treatment can be used for low back pain, neck pain, or pain related to joint arthritis. Relief can last anywhere from 6 months to 12 months or sometimes even years.