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Information for helping to manage pain.

Fluoroscopy

A fluoroscope is a powerful tool that is being used in pain centers for precision diagnosis and treatment of persistent pain. During fluoroscopy, the patient is positioned between an x-ray source and a fluorescent screen. The live images generated by the x-ray source onto the fluorescent screen allow the physician to see the size, shape, and structure of a patient’s internal bony structures.

With the use of fluoroscopy, small doses of local anesthetic can be injected directly onto specific anatomical structures to aid in pain management. If pain relief occurs, the injected structure may be identified as a pain generator and future injection therapy, physical therapy, or surgical intervention can be targeted more precisely. The use of fluoroscopy in pain treatment allows medications to be injected more precisely into the painful area.

Fluoroscopic injection often allows invasive pain management to be performed with more comfort, fewer complications, and better results.

Fluoroscopy in our pain centers is useful for:

  • Precise localization of pain-generating structures
  • Guiding the placement of medication, even in patients with difficult anatomy
  • Predicting the results of proposed surgical intervention

Sometimes certain injections require fluoroscopy or some other form of x-ray guidance and cannot otherwise be performed. These injections may include:

  • Selective nerve root block
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injection
  • Sacro iliac joint injection
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Facet joint block
  • Rhizotomy (radiofrequency neuroablation)
  • Caudel Block
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • IDET
  • Cervical epidural

At Neuroscience Associates of Northern Kentucky we know you are seeking relief and expert Pain Management.  Our expertise will help start you on the road to recovery.  Schedule an appointment and let our doctors assess your unique condition and discuss treatment options that are right for you.