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Treatment Options for Pain Management

At the Integrated Pain Center at NorthShore our team of experts will tailor an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on their pain condition diagnosis, in an effort to help improve pain and return them to function and physical activity.

Treatment options may include spinal interventions with fluoroscopic guidance (i.e., epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation and other various nerve blocks), as well as musculoskeletal ultrasound to guide corticosteroid injections and regenerative therapy into peripheral joints. Other treatment options include but are not limited to:

  • Anesthetic Injection: An injection of a local anesthetic to block and relieve pain in a specific area.

  • Blood Patch: An injection of your own blood in order to close one or many holes in the covering of the spinal cord, usually as a result of a previous lumbar puncture.

  • Botox InjectionAn injection of Botox into the affected muscle, to signal the muscle to relax.
  • Nerve Block: An injection of local anesthetic around a nerve.
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation: A procedure where a device is implanted that introduces low levels of electrical current to the spinal cord to block the sensation of pain.

  • Spinal Pump Implantation and Refill – A surgical procedure to permanently implant a pump that delivers medication to the spinal fluid to treat chronic pain. Follow-up is needed as the pump will need to be refilled every couple of months, depending on the pump size, concentration and dose.

  • Steroid Injection: An injection of a corticosteroid to relieve pain in a specific area.