We have medical doctors who specialize in back and joint pain on site to help diagnose and treat you. They work together with our chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and surgeons to help you become pain free as quick as possible.

This is what makes our Chicago clinic stand out above the rest. Our experience, techniques and knowledge in back and joint pain helps to heal you faster. Our medical doctors can also prescribe a pain injection to relieve you of your pain so you can move forward with your therapy with as little discomfort as possible.

Brachial plexus block

A diagnostic injection to determine if the pain is starting in the brachial plexus. This procedure can also be used pre-surgery to help with pain control.

Caudal injection

An alternate approach to the epidural space used after the patient has had back surgery. This injection is used when the symptoms do not point to specific nerves causing the pain.

Celiac plexus block

Another sympathetic nervous system injection that is used for patients with abdominal pain who are suffering from cancer.

Discography

A diagnostic technique to determine if a disc is the cause of a patient’s pain. This procedure can be used pre-surgery to help the surgeon identify the painful disc or prior to a discectomy to make sure there is no tear in the disc.

Facet joint injection

A diagnostic injection, used prior to radiofrequency ablation, that helps determine if the pain comes from the facet joints in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. This pain starts in the spine and may radiate to the side, but does not affect the arms or legs.

Ganglion of impar injection

The final sympathetic block that is used for pelvic pain or cancer pain from the rectum.

Ilioinguinal nerve block

Used to treat lower abdominal or pelvic pain. This treatment helps decrease the pain from ilioinginal entrapment after hernia surgery.

Intralaminar epidural steroid injection

Used in the cervical spine for pain in the neck that radiates into the shoulders or arms. This treatment involves injecting medication into the epidural space to decrease swelling around a herniated disc.

Joint injections

Injections into the ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow or shoulder joints that reduce swelling associated with arthritis.

Lateral A-A block

An injection at the base of the skull used to help determine to cause of headaches. This injection can be both diagnostic and therapeutic.

Ligament/Tendon injection

Injection around a swollen ligament or tendon to reduce pain.

Lumbar sympathetic block

Another block of the sympathetic nervous system used for CRPS of the legs and feet. Usually part of a series of injections that helps the patient tolerate the pain to participate in physical therapy.

Percutaneous lumbar fusion

An injection where a bone plug is placed into the facet joints to offer lumbar stabilization. This outpatient procedure is used for patients with facet medicated pain who failed radiofrequency ablation. It is used as an alternative to surgical lumbar fusion.

Racz procedure

A catheter is placed in the epidural space and advanced to the nerve root where the pain starts. The catheter and medication are used to break up the scar tissue and free the nerve root, therefore reducing the pain.

Radiofrequency ablation

A long-term solution to lumbar facet arthropathy. A needle with an electrical tip is utilized to “burn” the medial branch nerves that supply the facet joints. Usually patients who suffer from lumbar facet arthropathy have pain isolated to their spine. This can also be utilized in sacroiliac joint pain.

Sacroiliac joint injection

The medication is injected into the sacroiliac joint which joins the sacrum and ilium. Usually the pain is localized over the sacroiliac joint in the buttock.

Spinal cord stimulation

A pacemaker for the spine that sits in the epidural space. This implanted device is used for patients who previously have had surgery and still have pain. Prior to advancing to stimulator placement the device is tested to confirm adequate pain control. Also effective in intractable pain of diabetic neuropathy.

Stellate ganglion block

A block of the sympathetic(fight or flight) nervous system in the neck. This treatment is used to treat CRPS (RSD) of the upper extremity. It has been demonstrated to help post-herpetic neuralgia and facial pain as well.

Transforaminal epidural steroid injection

A more effective epidural where the medication is targeted at the nerve roots that are affected by disc disease. This treatment is used in the lumbar and thoracic spine for treatment of radiculopathy, sciatica or herniated disc disease.

Trigger point injection

An injection into the tender point in the muscle to reduce the pain associated with myofascial pain. This treatment is used to help decrease symptoms associated with many different pain states.