The goal of Burke's Interventional Spine Treatment Program is to improve the overall quality of life for someone suffering with neck and back pain through targeted treatment options. The interventional spine treatment team are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, and can help patients with either acute or chronic back and neck conditions experience relief. The overall goal of this interventional treatment is to adequately manage pain while reducing the need for oral medications in order to improve functionality and ability to participate in activities of daily life.
Patients with functionally limited neck and back pain who have not found relief through other, more conservative treatment options may be excellent candidates for interventional treatment. There are numerous diagnoses that may cause this pain, and our team of experts can evaluate you and determine what type of treatment would best address your individual symptoms, pain and needs.
Interventional spine services are targeted, specialized treatments to manage your acute or chronic neck and/or back pain. These treatments are available for patients suffering from a variety of illnesses and conditions. Using live image guidance, our team is able to deliver targeted therapy to the area causing pain and discomfort. Performing these treatments in an outpatient setting allows you to be able to return home the same day. Many of the treatments offered are available to reduce pain in order to allow you to participate in exercise and other therapy activities for long term pain management. The following services are recommended for those who have been unable to adequately manage their pain through other treatment options.
Epidural injections: Burke treats patients suffering from sciatica, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, pain or inflammation in the spine with epidural steroid injections (ESI). This non-surgical procedure’s main goal is pain relief, and is often used in combination with an individualized rehabilitation program in coordination with trained Burke physicians and physical therapists. The pain relief from an ESI may also allow patients to participate in exercise or other tasks of their rehabilitation process at Burke.
Facet injections: There are joints located at each segment of the spine called facet joints, which guide motion and provide stability. A patient who suffers from arthritis of the spine, back injury or mechanical back stress may experience pain in one or more of the facet joints. A trained Burke physician can perform facet injections to reduce this pain. This method is meant to relieve a patient’s pain so they may be able to perform physical therapy, exercise or another task of their individual rehabilitation process.
Radiofrequency ablation: Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure used to reduce chronic lower back and neck pain, commonly related to joint degeneration from arthritis. By heating a small area of nerve tissue, pain signals in a specific area will decrease. Trained Burke physicians can treat patients with varying degrees of pain stemming from different causes and occurring in different locations in the body.
Sacroiliac joint injections: The sacroiliac joints are found on each side of the lower part of the spine, connecting it to the hip bones. Inflammation or dysfunction of one of the sacroiliac joints can cause patients to experience pain. A trained Burke physician can perform a corticosteroid injection to the sacroiliac joint injection to diagnose or treat symptoms associated with this inflammation or dysfunction.
Spinal cord stimulation: Patients whose pain has not been relieved by back surgery or another treatment for back or neck pain should consider spinal cord stimulation treatment. Spinal cord stimulation modifies or blocks nerve activity along the spinal column by directing mild electrical stimulation to minimize pain messages before they reach the brain. A small device that will deliver these electrical pulses is implanted in the body by a trained Burke physician. Patients who suffer from chronic pain and have not found relief with other forms of therapy can benefit from this stimulation as an alternative to medication.
Located in White Plains, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital serves patients from Westchester County, NYC, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut.
For more information, call (914) 597-2332.