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Advanced Imaging of South Bay

Pain Management Services

For several years we have provided the most comprehensive minimally invasive innovative pain management treatments. Some of our services include:

  • Spinal Stimulator Placement
  • Tenex Health™ Procedure (ultrasound guided tenotomy treatment for tendinitis)
  • Vertebral Augmentation (vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty)
  • Epidural and Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Biopsies
  • Bone Fracture Cementoplasty
  • Bone Tumor Ablation
  • Nerve and Plexus Blocks

The Tenex Health™ technology

Do You Suffer from Tendon Pain?

The Tenex Health™ technology has been proven to improve tendonitis in the elbow, shoulder, knee and foot, dramatically decreasing pain and improving overall functionality– all without the need for traditional open surgery or arthroscopic surgery. The highly effective treatment uses ultra-sound imaging and patented ™MicroTip technology to provide relief with less pain and minimal downtime. Unlike medicine or injections that mask the problem, Tenex Health™ eliminates it by removing the cause of your pain: the damaged and degenerated tendon tissue.

Your doctor uses ultrasound imaging, just like the kind used to see babies in the womb, to visualize and identify the specific location of the damaged tendon tissue.

Once the source of your tendon pain is identified, your doctor typically numbs the area with a local anesthetic, allowing you to stay awake the entire time. Many people say after the numbing process—which feels like a bee sting—they felt only a slight pressure during the procedure (if they felt anything at all). Your doctor then uses gentle ultrasonic energy designed to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. The ultrasonic energy is applied with the TX MicroTip, which requires only a micro incision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small (similar to that of a cortisone shot) and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed.

Learn more at their website:

The Doctor's Show - Features a New Procedure to Relieve Tennis Elbow

Vertebral Augmentation Procedures

Vertebral Procedures

Epidural and Spinal Injections for Back Pain

An epidural injection provides temporary or prolonged relief from pain or inflammation. Imaging guidance may be used to place the needle in the right location for maximum benefit. The injection may also help confirm the exact site of the pain generator.

Your doctor will instruct you on how to prepare and advise you on any changes to your regular medication schedule. You may be told not to eat or drink anything several hours before the procedure. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. Plan to have someone drive you home afterward.

What is an Epidural Injection?

An epidural injection is an injection of medication into the space around the spinal cord, also known as the epidural space, to provide temporary or prolonged relief from pain or inflammation. The epidural space is the outermost part of the spinal canal, located outside the dural membrane. Steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications are typically delivered in an epidural injection. The injection may reduce pain and swelling in and around the spinal nerve roots, as well as around damaged nerves which in time may heal.

Imaging guidance, such as fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT or "CAT" scan), may be used to help the doctor place the needle in exactly the right location so the patient can receive maximum benefit from the injection.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

An epidural injection is one of many methods doctors use to relieve pain, along with physical therapy, oral medications and surgery if a patient is not responding to conservative treatments.

An epidural injection may be performed to alleviate pain caused by:

  • A herniated or bulging disk
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Post-operative "failed back" surgery syndromes (chronic back or leg pain after spinal surgery)
  • Other injuries to spinal nerves, vertebrae and surrounding tissues

How should I prepare for the procedure?

You will receive specific instructions on how to prepare, including any changes that need to be made to your regular medication schedule.

You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for several hours before your procedure to prevent you from having an upset stomach following the injection or because some centers may offer sedation during the procedure.

You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

You will probably be asked to use the restroom before the procedure.

You will then be positioned on your stomach or side on a special fluoroscopic or CT table that will give the doctor easy access to the injection site(s). A nurse and/or technologist will help to make you as comfortable as possible, both during and after the procedure.

You should plan to have a relative or friend drive you home after your procedure.

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