Facet Joint Injections

Facet joint injections, also called facet blocks, work similarly to sacroiliac, or SI, joint injections by acting as both a diagnostic tool and pain treatment method. At Rushmore Pain & Medicine, we perform cervical, thoracic, and lumbar facet joint injections to help give patients relief from the pain associated with arthritis, back injury, and mechanical stress.

Botox Headache Injections

Many people think of Botox primarily as a cosmetic treatment to lessen lines and wrinkles, but it is also an effective treatment for sufferers of chronic migraine headaches.

At Rushmore Pain & Medicine, we use Botox as a preventative treatment for migraines. During treatment, multiple Botox injections are given in targeted spots across the patient’s head, neck, and shoulder area. Once the effectiveness of the treatment has been determined, patients are typically placed on 12-week treatment schedules to lessen the frequency and severity of future migraine outbreaks.

Migraine headaches cause an intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in an isolated area of the head. This pain is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to both light and sound.

Regenerative Therapy Injections

Regenerative therapy injections are one of most exciting areas of pain treatment here at Rushmore Pain & Medicine. We perform two procedures that fall under this category.

The first is platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, a treatment that comes to us from the sports medicine field. The patient’s own blood is collected, then spun down twice to take it from whole blood, to plasma, and finally, to platelet-rich plasma. This platelet-rich plasma is then injected back into the patient’s injury to spur healing and reduce pain.

Our other regenerative therapy is amniotic stem cell injections, where stem cells, collected from the amniotic sac, are used for their regenerative and healing properties in many different pain and injury scenarios.

The foetal stem cells harvested from the amniotic fluid are obtained through routine prenatal testing, causing no harm to either the mother or her expected child.

Rushmore Pain & Medicine is proud to be one of the handful of exclusive clinics throughout the Midwest offering these procedures.

 

Radio Frequency Ablation, or RFA

Radio frequency ablation, or RFA, is an effective and long-lasting pain treatment method we perform at Rushmore Pain & Medicine. 

When performing RFA, an electrical current produced by a radio wave heats up a small area of nerve tissue, decreasing pain signals from that specific area. RFA is a viable treatment for sufferers of chronic lower back and neck pain, as well as treating the pain associated with the joint degeneration caused by arthritis.

 

Pain relief from RFA can last from six to 12 months and in some cases, relief can last for years. More than 70 percent of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief. – WebMD

 

Trigger Point Injections, or TPI

At one time or another, we’ve all had a painful knot, or trigger point, that occurs when a muscle refuses to relax. Here at Rushmore Pain & Medicine, we can treat these painful knots with trigger point injections, or TPIs.

The procedure involves a small needle inserted directly into the patient’s trigger point. The injection may contain an anesthetic, saline, a corticosteroid, or a combination depending on the patient and severity. After the injection, the trigger point becomes inactive and the pain goes away.

According to the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists, myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots, that cause pain and tightness.

 

 

Sacroiliac, or SI, Joint Injections

Another common and effective pain management procedure done at Rushmore Pain & Medicine is sacroiliac joint injection, also known as an SI joint injection or sacroiliac joint block. This procedure is done to both diagnose and help treat lower back pain and sciatica symptoms caused by sacroiliac joint impairment.

Epidural Steroid Injection, or ESI

At Rushmore Pain & Medicine, we are often asked about the procedures we perform. One of our most common pain-management procedures is an epidural steroid injection, often referred to as an ESI.

An ESI is a corticosteroid injection given in tandem with a local anesthetic. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatories that relieve the swelling and inflammation that can place pressure on nerves and other soft tissues, often causing pain. The local anesthetic is used to offer immediate pain relief since corticosteroids can take awhile to have an effect.

The term “epidural” refers to where the injection takes place, the area around the spinal cord and nerve roots called the “epidural space.”