What is Pain Mapping
Minimally Invasive SpineCARE®’s advanced pain mapping procedures are completed by our highly qualified and uniquely trained team of physicians. Performed with the most sophisticated equipment and cutting-edge techniques, we pinpoint and then isolate the precise source of pain in the neck and back. This provides nearly instantaneous, temporary pain relief that allows our physicians to accurately establish the cause of the patient’s ongoing pain.
There are several different pain mapping procedures that can be performed, including:
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Piriformis Injections
- Occipital Nerve Blocks
- Sciatic (Peripheral) Nerve Blocks
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections/Blocks
- Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks
- And Many More
Our pain mapping procedures are performed based on the location and severity of your pain, and allow our physicians to begin building a road map to the most effective treatment plan for your unique needs. Patients can rest assured that Minimally Invasive SpineCARE® will find the right pain treatment combination to ensure swift relief.
- Fellowship trained pain specialists
- 100 percent of physician’s practice is dedicated to spine care
- Innovative pain mapping process
- Isolates specific source and location of the pain
- Enables surgeons to treat specific area in least invasive way possible
- Customized procedures based on each patients needs
- Pioneers of the NIP Procedure (No Incision Pain Procedure)
- Comprehensive list of advanced non-invasive procedures
- Comprehensive spine center
Our Treatment Approach
The process may differ depending on which pain mapping procedure you’re undergoing, but will typically follow the following steps:
- The physician will inject a luminescent medication into the back and then use an X-ray to pinpoint the exact nerves potentially associated with your discomfort. This process is called nerve blocking.
- We can then apply a highly targeted dose of numbing medication to a suspected irritated nerve, which can significantly reduce or even eliminate pain stemming from the nerve in question. A steroid medication may be added to further reduce swelling or irritation around a compressed or pinched nerve.
- Nerve root blocks are usually done in succession, one after the other, to determine exactly which nerves are causing your pain and then provide temporary relief to each.
- The numbing medication typically wears off in a few hours, with the end goal being the ability to design a pinpointed, customized course of treatment to solve the root issues and lessen the pain.
Minimally Invasive SpineCARE®’s team of doctors and specialists make up one of the most advanced diagnostic and surgical treatment teams for back pain, neck pain and spinal disorders in the United States. Our focus on state-of-the-art minimally invasive options means that patients typically see shortened recovery times and the ability to return to their daily activities sooner than later.