Northwest Spine and Pain Medicine Centers
Our multi-specialty team collaborates with referring physicians to provide care for patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. We employ state-of-the-art advances in the field of Pain Management, allowing our knowledgeable pain specialists to work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that address their specific needs.
Our providers and staff strive to relieve indications of pain and to help patients learn how to successfully control their lives. Patients learn techniques for reducing pain, for decreasing reliance on medications, and for improving the ability to comfortably perform basic activities of daily living. Ultimately our primary goal is to diminish or eliminate pain so that patients with chronic conditions can lead active and pleasurable lives.
NWSPM offers a full range of services, including evaluation, diagnosis, therapy, anesthesia-based procedures, and rehabilitation.
AAAASF Accredited Procedure Center
Both our South and North Spokane Centers are AAAASF accredited. This, accreditation allows us to perform various spinal injection procedures in the most advanced and comfortable environment available.
As we understand that many patients may feel anxious prior to undergoing an invasive procedure, IV sedation can be provided upon request.
Multidisciplinary / Multispecialty Care
Chronic pain conditions are often the result of complex etiologies that require several forms of treatment, including diagnostic studies, invasive procedures, rehabilitative measures, medication therapy, and/or psychological assistance. At Northwest Spine and Pain Medicine, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach offers the highest probability of a successful outcome by utilizing the expertise of a diverse group of professionals with varying specialties.
Interventional Pain Management
Interventional pain management involves special procedures that strive to effectively treat and manage pain. Under our umbrella of “Interventional” procedures is an array of treatments, which include, but are not limited to, injections of anesthetic medicines or steroids around nerves, tendons, joints, or muscles; implantations or spinal cord stimulators, insertions of drug delivery systems, and procedures that utilize radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation to stop a nerve from working for a prolonged period of time.
These techniques are essential in helping some patients:
- Reduce the severity of pain and the amount of time pain is experienced
- Increase the ability to perform activities in the home and at work
- Overcome the social isolation caused from the inability to remain active
- Learn new skills for effectively coping with pain
- Improve the overall quality of life
- Rehabilitate both physically and emotionally
Patients needing interventional pain management services suffer distress and discomfort caused by a variety of conditions and disorders. Conditions we treat include:
- Chronic low back and neck pain
- Chronic joint pain
- Fibromyalgia and chronic muscle pain syndromes
- Chronic reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) or complex regional pain syndrome
Our multidisciplinary approach aims to treat the whole patient in order to most effectively manage any ongoing musculoskeletal pain. Our toolbox is loaded with non-surgical interventional pain procedures, medication management, pain psychology, physical therapy, and outside resources which include massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatment.
Interventional Procedures for Pain Treatment
- Epidural Steroid Injections (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and caudal)
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Facet Joint Block
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Peripheral Nerve Block
- Occipital Nerve Block
- Stellate Ganglion Block
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial
- Joint and Bursa Injections
- Trigger Point Injections
- Botox Injections for Chronic Migraine Relief
Alternative Options for Pain Treatment
Radiofrequency Ablation uses precision thermal lesioning to destroy facet joints in the cervical and lumbar spine. In carefully selected patients, this minimally invasive procedure can relieve unremitting back and neck pain that is initially unresponsive to conservative measures.