Treatments & Procedures
West Suburban Medical Center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists will create a comprehensive pain management treatment plan designed to reduce your discomfort and improve and restore function. You’ll find help for arthritis, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, joint and nerve pain, sciatica and more. Our doctors and specialists have extensive training and expertise in the pain management and procedures.
Read about some of the treatments and procedures you may receive at our Pain Center.
Botox is a neuro-muscular blocker. It’s used to treat crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, severe neck muscle spasms, and elbow, wrist, and finger muscle spasms. It is also used to treat excessive underarm sweating, to prevent chronic migraine headaches, and to treat loss of bladder control due to neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.
Epidural Steroid Injections
An epidural corticosteroid injection is a way to deliver anti-inflammatory pain medication quickly inside the body via a syringe.
Joint aspiration refers to removing fluid from the space around a joint using a needle and syringe. This is usually performed under a local anesthetic to either relieve swelling or to obtain fluid for analysis to diagnose a joint disorder and/or problem. Joint aspiration is usually performed on the knee. However, fluid can also be removed from other joints, such as the hip, ankle, shoulder, elbow or wrist.
Kyphoplasty is often discussed along with vertebroplasty, another procedure. These are used to treat fractures in the bones of the spine. These bones are vertebrae. During a vertebroplasty, the doctor injects a cement-like material into the bone to make it more stable. During a kyphoplasty, the doctor first inflates a balloon-like device in the bone to make space. The space is then filled with cement.
Nerve blocks, or neural blockades, are procedures that can help prevent or manage many different types of intractable pain. They’re often injections of medicines that block pain from specific nerves. They’re meant to bring pain relief rather than total loss of feeling.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Varicose veins can also cause symptoms such as aching, cramping, or swelling in the legs. A treatment called RFA can help. During the treatment, heat created using radiofrequency (RF) is sent through a catheter (thin, flexible tube), which closes off blood flow in the main problem vein.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulation is one treatment for chronic pain. A small medical device sends signals to your spinal cord. These signals keep the chronic pain messages from being sent to your brain. Instead, you may feel tingling from the electrical signals.
Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks
The sympathetic nervous system is controlled by bunches of nerves called ganglions. One large ganglion, called the stellate ganglion, helps control nerves in the upper body. In the lower body, nerves are controlled by several ganglions that make up the sympathetic chain.
Trigger Point Injections
The cause of your muscle pain or spasms may be one or more trigger points. Your health care provider may decide to inject the painful spots to relax the muscle. This can help relieve your pain. Relaxing the muscle can also make movement easier. You may then be able to exercise to strengthen the muscle and help it heal.
Vertebroplasty is a procedure in which a special medical-grade cement mixture is injected into a fractured vertebra. The vertebrae are the small bones that make up the spine. When they become fractured, you’ll often experience pain and a loss of mobility.
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