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Moffitt is dedicated to determining the cause of pain through advanced diagnostic tests and then easing or eliminating pain using state-of-the-art medical and interventional treatments.

Pain takes many forms. It can be short-lived or long-lasting, it can be mild or severe, or it can effect one or a few regions. Each patient's pain is unique, which is why an individually tailored treatment plan is so important.

Interventional pain management procedures and injections are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most pain management treatments are performed under image guidance, including C-arm fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) or ultrasound guidance. 

Some of the commonly performed procedures include but not limited to: 

  • Nerve blocks – help relieve pain by injecting local anesthetics, with or without steroid, near a specific nerve or group of nerves to break the cycle of pain. 
  • Radiofrequency ablation - uses a device that generates heat near nerves to interrupt pain pathways and provide prolonged relief for a variety of conditions. 
  • Celiac plexus block - used to treat abdominal pain related to the internal organs. 
  • Superior hypogastric plexus block - used to treat lower abdominal and pelvic pain related to the internal organs. 
  • Ganglion Impar block- used to treat pelvic and rectal pain  
  • Intercostal nerve block - an injection of a local anesthetic to the nerve underneath the rib to relieve chest wall pain. 
  • Medial branch nerve blocks/Facet joint injections - used when the physician suspects that pain in the neck, mid back or lower back is caused in part by the facet joints of the spine. 
  • Epidural steroid injections - an injection of a steroid and/or local anesthetic to relieve pain from entrapped nerves in the spine. 
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection - used when the physician suspects that lower back pain is caused by the joints that connect the spine and pelvis.  
  • Trigeminal nerve block- used to treat facial pain 
  • Botox injections - used for headaches and muscle spasticity 
  • Lumbar sympathetic block - an injection of local anesthetic around a group of nerves in the lower back to relieve pain in the legs. 
  • Stellate ganglion block - used to decrease pain in the face or arm and increase the circulation and blood supply to the affected arm. 
  • Spinal cord stimulation - uses a pacemaker-sized device to stimulate the spinal cord to treat a variety of painful conditions and improve circulation. 
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation - uses a small device to stimulate the peripheral nerves to treat a variety of painful conditions. 
  • Kyphoplasty/Vertebroplasty - injection of cement into the spine bones to treat pain and improve stability related to compression fractures.  
  • Intrathecal drug delivery system - uses a computerized pump to deliver local anesthetics and other pain relief medications continuously into the spine to block pain signals. It is implanted just under the skin to improve pain relief and avoid external hardware.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the diagnosis, treatment and interventional pain management services available at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete anew patient registration form online. We never require referral 

Interventional Pain Management