What are Interventional Spine Skills?

What are Interventional Spine Skills? The back pain and spine-related problems are becoming more prevalent than ever. Back pain problems have accounted for almost 264 million lost days from work a year. Backache and spine conditions become serious when you began to feel radicular pain and symptoms. Radicular pain indicates problems such as compressed or fractured vertebra, spinal nerve root damage, and herniated vertebral risk.

To treat such problems, we have interventional spine procedures. Let us have a look at some interventional spine skills and how they relieve from pain.

Method of Treatments

Interventional spine skills include the following methods of treatment:

Medical Branch Block:

 Medical branch block is not only a pain management procedure but a method for primary diagnosis as well. It helps the doctor to find out if the facet joint is the source of the pain or not.

For this method, the doctor will inject a local anesthetic near the small medial nerves connected to a facet joint to relieve the pain. If the patient still feels pain and discomfort, the doctor will cancel out the facet joint as the source of the pain.

Epidural Steroid Injection:

It is perhaps the most common procedure for the interventional spine.  This procedure administers the most specific and targeted steroid injection to attain localized analgesia.

The steroid injections include a combination of anti-inflammatory and pain relief medicine. Your doctor will inject the epidural steroid in the nerve root, facet joint, and sacroiliac joints. Proper insertion of the injection requires the use of fluorescence or an X-ray. The procedure is effective for reducing inflammation and pain.

Kyphoplasty:  It is an effective procedure that treats vertebral compression fractures. Kyphoplasty can also restore the spinal height, which was reduced due to the vertebral collapse.

During Kyphoplasty, the surgeon will inject an image-guided needle on the fractured vertebra through your skin. The injection introduces a balloon, which inflates and restores some of or all of the spinal height. The balloon compresses the vertebra to its normal shape. Once the vertebra positions correctly, your surgeon will inject a medical bone-grade cement. It will provide strength to your vertebra and prevent further fractures.

Vertebroplasty: It is a simple out-patient procedure that involves injecting the medical bone-grade cement to stabilize the compression fractures of the spine.  The doctor gives injection after making a small incision in the skin. The cement hardens to provide pain relief and better stability to the vertebra.

What to do After an Interventional Spine Procedure?

You can go back to your normal routine after 24 hours of an interventional spine procedure. Take rest when you get back home. Although you are less likely to have your vertebra fractured or disc dislocated, but you must avoid lifting heavy objects. Avoid bending as it puts pressure on your spine. You must also not sit on the floor or any hard surfaces.

You may have heard that you can not take a bath, shower, or swim after an international spine procedure. However, it is a myth.  Taking a shower, bath, or a swim is not a risks after an interventional spine procedure. But, it is better for people who have diabetes, vascular disease, or low immunity to avoid swimming pools. There could be pathogens in the pool that can cause skin infection where they have received the injection.

We at Spine City New York provide a multi-disciplinary approach to relive your pain. We customize treatments for each of our patients depending upon their health, conditions, and cause of the pain. If you or a loved one is suffering from back pain and spine problems, call us at 646-862-5555 to book a consultation.

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