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Pain Center Procedures


What We Can Do To Relieve Your Pain

Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection

An injection is administered to relieve pain in the neck, shoulders and arms caused by pinched nerves in the cervical spine. The medication injected helps to decreased swelling of affected nerves.

Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection, Caudal Steroid Injection

These procedures are performed to relieve low back pain and radiating leg pain. The steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated disc.

Facet Joint Injection

Each vertebra in the spine is connected with two facet joints—one on each side of the spine. For back and neck pain believed to originate in these joints, a facet joint block can both be diagnostic and therapeutic. This injection can help determine whether the facet joints are indeed the source of pain and can help relieve the pain and inflammation.

Lumbar Radio Frequency Rhizotomy

This procedure is done to reduce or stop pain in the back, legs, neck or arms which originated from the spinal facets. A slight electric current is used to block the nerves serving the painful facet joints. This procedure can offer longer pain relief than steroid block injections.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

This procedure is done in two stages. A trial stage is done to see how well spinal cord stimulation works for the patient. If the trial stage is a success, the permanent stimulator system is put into place. Spinal cord stimulation is one treatment for chronic pain. A small electric power source sends signal 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.


This is a diagnostic procedure to find out which disc is causing the problem. A dye is placed in the disc and with the patient’s pain sensation and looking at the disc under x-ray, the physician can tell you which disc has problem.

Blood Patch

A blood patch is a treatment that can help stop a headache that results from a spinal puncture.  Spinal punctures are done for various interventions such as Lumbar Puncture, Myelogram, or Epidural Catheter insertion. 

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.

To learn more about the Pain Center at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, call 630-856-7246.