FAQs on Discogram/ Discography Discogram, also known as discography, is an investigated technique to determine if pain is originating from a disc. First described in 1948, the diagnostic method is used to examine intervertebral disc pathology in patients experiencing back and neck pain. Over the years, lumbar provocative discography has become a popular way to identify…

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FAQs on Pelvic Pain Chronic pelvic pain is discomfort that persists for 6 months or longer. Female pelvic pain is felt below the belly button, and it varies from woman to woman. Some people’s pelvic pain is mild and intermittent, whereas others suffer with severe, steady pain that interferes with work, sleep, and daily life. How…

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FAQs on Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty Osteoporosis affects more than 28 million people in America. With osteoporosis, the bones gradually weaken and become brittle, and vertebra of the spine collapse. Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) produce severe pain, spinal deformity, and loss of total body height. How do I prepare for the procedure? Before the vertebroplasty or…

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What is a Stellate Ganglion Block? This type of block is a local anesthetic injection around the sympathetic nerve tissue (stellate ganglion) of the neck. These are the nerves that are a part of the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves can be found in the neck, on both side of the voice box. What Is…

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Used since the 1950s, epidural steroid injections have an average success rate of over 75 percent in treating “radicular pain” in the neck and back. A safe process of administering medications directly into the pain are adjacent to the spinal cord, these injections have proved their efficacy in reducing a range of painful cervical and lumbar…

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ganglion Impar Block What is a ganglion impar block? When a patient suffers from rectal pain or chronic pelvic pain, Chicago pain doctors usually block the pain signal from the brain, a common procedure known as Ganglion Impar Block. This type of procedure is also performed on patients that suffer from…

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What are the sympathetic nerves? On the front of your spinal column are a group of nerves that control a series of body functions such as digestion, blood pressure, and heart rate. These nerves are known as the sympathetic nerves and following trauma or injury and even after it has healed, they can still transmit…

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What is a stellate ganglion block? When your Chicago pain doctor injects a local anesthetic around your neck’s sympathetic nerves (part of your sympathetic nervous system) located on either side of the voice box, that is a stellate ganglion block. This procedure will simply block the sympathetic nerves leading to the patient’s arms and face. The…

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What is spinal cord stimulation (SCS)? If your back surgery has failed, and you experience chronic pain in the legs, arms and trunk, then you should know the FDA has approved a series of spinal cord stimulation devices that can help treat your condition. In order to replace the pain with paresthesia (tingling sensation), your selected…

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Epidural Blood Patch FAQs An epidural blood patch is an outpatient procedure where blood is injected into the epidural space of the spine. This is done to prevent cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage. Patients who have this procedure have undergone a spinal tap or lumbar epidural. Why is an epidural blood patch necessary? An epidural blood…

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