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We offer patients a wide variety of options in managing their pain.

Treatments

 In an ongoing effort to provide patients with the very best treatment for their unique conditions, Dr. Martinez and his staff use systems developed by multiple brands and companies. Because we know that no treatment is universal, we individualize systems from companies like Nevro, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical, and Nuvectra. Note: Intravenous Sedation (IV) is optional for procedures.

Common Treatment Options

Discs are located between each vertebra of the back and provide a cushion between each bone. A herniated disc is when the softer, jelly-like interior
pushes through a crack in the casing around it. This can cause irritation and pain to surrounding nerves.

A steroid or other appropriate medication is injected in the area of the nerves surrounding the coccyx at the back of the head and above the neck.

Also called a discogram, this procedure allows Dr. Martinez to identify the source of your discomfort by injecting a dye into the discs that may be causing pain. Dr. Martinez then uses a fluoroscope and x-ray machine to examine the results.

This treatment refers to a number of procedures whose goal is to address any compression affecting a disc. It can be performed in conjunction with a local anesthetic.

Aches, stiffness or generalized pain appears in the area between two vertebrae. This may be the result of any number of conditions including trauma or abnormal posture.

A steroid or other appropriate medication is injected in the genicular nerve around the knee.

A steroid or other appropriate medication is injected in the intercostal nerve region at the back of the head and above the neck.

Bone cement is injected through a small hole in the neck to repair an injured, fractured, or collapsed vertebra and to relieve pain.

This is a diagnostic procedure where dye is carefully injected into the lumbar discs to determine the source of pain. After the dye is injected, an x-ray is taken of the area for analysis.

An anesthetic is injected to diagnose and gather information for an effective treatment plan.

An electrical current is applied to stimulate the nerve tissue of the lumbar region.

A local anesthetic is injected into the area of the sympathetic nerves located on either side of the lumbar region of the spine.

An anesthetic is injected into the medial nerves along the facet joints of the spine. This procedure typically involves treating several levels of the spine at one sitting.

This condition results in tingling, numbness, or burning in the outer thigh. It is the result of compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.

Pain is persistent in the upper neck, back of the head, or behind the eyes. This condition is often caused by pinched nerves in the neck.

This minimally invasive intervention is used on patients suffering from chronic headaches or head pain. A steroid, or other similar medication, is injected in the occipital nerve region at the back of the head and above the neck.

This refers to a variety of conditions that affect the root of the nerves resulting from pinching or other diseases.

Pain can be found anywhere in the lower back, buttocks, or legs. The ability to climb stairs, stand, and walk may be impaired.

Neurostimulation uses electrical impulses to block nerves from transmitting pain. Those who are dealing with neuropathic pain and have found conservative treatments ineffective are good candidates for this procedure.

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An anesthetic is injected into the cervical medial branch nerves, located in a bony groove in the neck, to diagnose and gather information for an effective treatment plan.

Injections

In addition to surgical procedures, Dr. Martinez and his team provide a number of treatments
such as injections to address chronic and acute pain.

The carpal tunnel region of a patient’s hands and/or wrists is injected with a steroid or other medication, providing relief from pain.

If you experience neck, shoulder, or arm pain as the result of a pinched nerve, Dr. Martinez may recommend this procedure. The medication is injected to decrease swelling of the nerves.

Dr. Martinez performs this short, outpatient procedure to provide temporary relief. A local anesthetic followed by a steroid is injected into the painful areas. After the anesthetic wears off, the steroid begins working in a few days and will last for a varied length of time based on your specific condition.

Using numbing and anti inflammatory medications, this is a non-invasive procedure Dr. Martinez uses to help patients dealing with arthritis of the hip joint.

An injection assesses and relieves piriformis syndrome. This condition results from spasms of the piriformis muscle in the buttocks, causing pain and irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Using ultrasound, the bursa in the intermediate joints is injected with a steroid or other medication for the purpose of treatment or diagnosis.

This treatment has been proven over time and remains one of the leading procedures to treat lower back pain. The injection allows Dr. Martinez to treat you without the need for invasive surgery. The duration of its effects will vary depending on the patient’s condition.

If you experience neck, shoulder, or arm pain as the result of a pinched nerve, Dr. Martinez may recommend this procedure. The medication is injected to decrease swelling of the nerves.

In this treatment, Dr. Martinez injects a combination steroid-anesthetic to reduce swelling and inflammation of the nerves in the lower back and legs. This is a brief, outpatient procedure lasting only a few minutes.

An anesthetic or steroid is injected into the facet joints of the affected area in the spine. The pain is then dulled and blocked, providing relief.

Using ultrasound, the bursa in the major joints is injected with a steroid or other medication for the purpose of treatment or diagnosis.

Dr. Martinez recommends a steroid injection to diagnose or treat lower back pain and/or sciatica pain connected to sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The sacroiliac joint injection allows for the diagnosis of the pain source and provides pain relief.

The bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that functions to reduce friction between tissues. For this injection, the bursa in the shoulder is injected with a steroid or other medication for the purpose of treatment or diagnosis.

Using ultrasound, the bursa in the small joints is injected with a steroid or other medication for the purpose of treatment or diagnosis.

Dr. Martinez recommends this procedure for those experiencing shoulder pain. A mixture of anesthesia and anti-inflammatory medicine is injected into the area where the shoulder meets the torso.

If you experience neck, shoulder, or arm pain as the result of a pinched nerve, Dr. Martinez may recommend this procedure. The medication is injected to decrease swelling of the nerves.

An anesthetic or steroid is injected into the facet joints of the affected area. The pain is then dulled and blocked, providing relief.

Trigger point injections are effective in treating areas where knots of the muscle have developed. These knots may irritate surrounding nerves, causing pain and discomfort. An injection directly to the source of pain can bring relief for a sustained period of time.

Treatment for Neck and Shoulder Pain

If you’re experiencing neck and shoulder pain, which is common for many of us, Dr. Martinez offers a number of treatments to help. Over the course of his practice, he has developed an expertise in helping patients manage pain. Various types of injections can offer an alternative to pills and invasive surgery.

This is a diagnostic procedure where dye is carefully injected into the cervical discs to determine the source of pain.

This is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce or eliminate pain in damaged facet joints of the spine. Pain is transmitted through what are known as the medial branch nerves. These nerves are disrupted with a local anesthetic to reduce pain.

An anesthetic is injected into the cervical medial branch nerves, located in a bony groove in the neck, to diagnose and gather information for an effective treatment plan.

For this minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, a heated needle tip is used to disrupt nerve conduction. This prevents the transmission of pain signals and reduces discomfort in the cervical / thoracic areas.

Anyone who has had chicken pox may develop shingles. A stripe of blisters is present, causing severe pain that may continue even after the blisters dissipate.

This is usually a series of injections that can both diagnose and treat pain and is a common treatment Dr. Martinez uses for patients dealing with shingles or other conditions causing pain to the head, face, neck, or arms.

Chronic and Acute Pain Problem Areas

The spinal column is made up of 33 individual bones called vertebrae and is the body’s main support structure. Each vertebra is numbered and they are divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx. The vertebrae of the sacrum and coccyx are fused together.

Several conditions result in the loss of structure and performance of the spine. They can be caused by aging, disease, infections, or other conditions. The spinal cord and related nerve roots experience compression and pain.

This refers to pain that affects the arms or legs and develops after a surgery, stroke, or heart attack.

Monitored anesthesia care allows you to feel very relaxed and reduces the awareness of pain you may experience. You will not be fully asleep for the duration of the treatment, and it wears off quickly. This is a great method for quick and simple procedures.

A small amount of a local anesthetic is injected into one or more joints of the spine. This procedure may or may not involve a steroid medication, depending on your unique condition.

A disc herniation occurs when there is a rupture of the central portion of a disc in the spinal column. The most common location for this injury to occur is in the lower back, between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.

This is a painful condition affecting fluid-filled sacs cushioning the bones, tendons, and muscles in the hip region. Hip Bursitis is the most common cause of hip pain and usually affects the outer area of the hip. Dr. Martinez can recommend any number of treatments for this condition including, self-care programs, steroid injections, and physical therapy.

Femoral neuropathy results in the inability to move or feel part of the leg due to a damaged femoral nerve. This could be from injury, pressure on the nerve, or as a result of a disease. This is an outpatient procedure Dr. Martinez uses to numb the leg either before or after surgery. A local anesthetic is used and its effects usually reside after a few hours.

Spinal stenosis usually occurs in the neck and lower back as the result of aging or the effects of routine activities over the course of the patient’s lifetime. It results from pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves within it.

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