Physician Practice

Interventional Spine Treatment Services

Interventional spine services and treatments offered at Burke include:

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 patient’s 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.

For more information, call (914) 597-2332.

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