Interventional Pain Management
At Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants we have one goal – to improve our patients’ quality of life. For more than 20 years, we have been the regional leader in advanced minimally invasive treatment options specifically designed to treat painful conditions including low back pain, neck pain, pre and post-surgical pain, shingles and many other common chronic pain conditions. Our experience provides an unparalleled level of care for our patients and trust for our referring physicians across north Alabama.
Read below about our nonsurgical treatment options for common spinal, musculoskeletal and nerve conditions. You can also view our comprehensive online patient education animation library here. It includes step-by-step animations, videos and downloadable patient brochures on a variety of conditions and procedures we offer.
Advanced X-ray Guided Procedures
Epidural Steroid Injections (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Caudal)
Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) use an anesthetic and steroid medication injected into the patient’s epidural space to relieve or diagnose a specific spinal condition.
Download a brochure on ESIs here.
Facet Joint Injections
The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection performed under x-ray guidance may help diagnose the source of a patient’s pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.
Download a brochure on Facet Injections here.
Lumbar Sympathetic Block
This procedure is performed to relieve leg pain caused by complex regional pain syndromes, which may develop after an injury to a joint or limb. Usually a series of injections are needed to treat the problem.
Download a brochure on Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks.
Medial Branch Blocks
This diagnostic procedure is performed to identify a painful facet joint. The facet joints are the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. They allow the spine to bend, flex and twist. If the temporary injection relieves the patient’s pain, the physician may inject a more long-lasting anesthetic.
Download a brochure on Medial Branch Blocks.
This minimally-invasive procedure reduces or eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals.
Download a brochure on Radiofrequency Ablation.
Stellate Ganglion Block
This injection can both diagnose and treat pain coming from the sympathetic nerves. It is a common treatment for shingles and complex regional pain syndromes affecting the head, face, neck, or arms. Usually a series of these injections is needed to treat the problem.
Download a brochure on Stellate Ganglion Blocks.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
This procedure involves minimally invasive implantation of a stimulator using electrical impluses that are used to block pain from being perceived in the brain. Peripheral nerve stimulation is also indicated for treatment of pain due to nerve injury, irritation or inflammation, as well as for treatment of occipital neuralgia, headaches, migraines and nerve entrapment syndrome.