At Northwest Pain Care we use fluoroscopy and advanced fluoroscopic techniques when performing all spinal injections, providing the utmost effectiveness and safety for our patients. Placement of steroids into the epidural space, a space just outside the spinal space, through which the nerves travel, can help with acute disc herniation pain, sciatica, pain from spinal stenosis and discogenic pain. There are 3 types of epidural steroid injections.

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Intrathecal (Spinal) Drug Delivery

Medications can be placed at the source of the pain at a very low dose, providing better pain relief and fewer side effects. To reset the pain receptors, a patient is tapered off of oral medications and undergoes a drug “holiday” for a few weeks. A small catheter (tube) is placed into the spine through a small needle. The catheter tip is placed at the level of the pain.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal Cord stimulation is a procedure for certain types of chronic pain when less invasive options have failed and is one of the few therapies that can be tried prior to anything permanent being done through a minimally invasive trial. By placing specialized wires into the spine through a small needle, the spinal cord can be stimulated. It is thought that this stimulation can interrupt chronic pain signals from reaching the brain.

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Balloon Kyphoplasty

Back fractures are very painful and can lead to significant permanent spine deformities. These fractures are usually due to osteoporosis. In order to preserve a normal and healthy spine, ask your doctor to refer you to Northwest Pain Care as soon as a fracture occurs. We can also help with treatment of osteoporosis.

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Cancer Pain

We strive to provide the best possible cancer pain treatment by working hand in hand with your oncologist. Our goal is to make you more comfortable with fewer side effects during this trying time. We provide medication management, advanced nerve blocks, and spinal drug delivery to optimize pain relief. One of the most common and effective ways to treat cancer pain is with an intrathecal (spinal) catheter and pump.

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Est. 2011