At Indiana University Health Frankfort Hospital, we treat pain conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, chronic low back pain and complex regional pain syndrome. Our physicians have specific training in pain management and years of experience treating rare conditions.
The team at Indiana University Health Pain Management is composed of expert neurologists, physiatrists and anesthesiologists that specialize in pain relief. You may also see psychologists or physical therapists with pain management expertise.
Our specialists offer treatment options based on your individual needs, including the latest medicines, physical therapy and minimally invasive surgical procedures. We treat all aspects of your health, including the emotional effects of chronic pain.
Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we stay on the forefront of pain management research. Our pain management specialists provide advanced care to improve your quality of life.
Pain management services available at IU Health Frankfort Hospital include:
- Epidural steroid injections. These injections provide temporary relief from pain caused by back and neck conditions.
- Facet joint injections. These injections manage pain in the facet joints, which are small joints at each section of the spine.
- Radiofrequency denervation. This minimally invasive procedure controls pain from arthritis or facet joint injuries in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.
- Joint injection therapy. During a joint injection, medicines are injected into the affected joint to decrease stiffness and relieve pain.
- Lumbar discography. When nonsurgical treatments for lower back pain are not successful, this technique uses injections to evaluate patients.
- Nerve blocks. A nerve block controls pain for a certain part of the body with an injection into a group of nerve cells that blocks the pain signals they normally transmit. These can include occipital and trigeminal blocks, intercostal blocks, inguinal blocks, lateral femoral cutaneous nerve blocks and cervical plexus blocks.
- Pulsed radiofrequency. This is a treatment that emits small pulses of electricity into the peripheral nerves to resolve chronic pain linked to pain syndromes.
- Spinal cord stimulation. As part of this treatment for chronic back pain, an implant emits small electrical pulses to ease pain.
- Sympathetic blocks. A sympathetic block alleviates pain by injecting medicine into a ganglion, a group of nerves that control the pain sensation. These may include stellate ganglia, lumbar sympathetic, celiac plexus and/or hypogastric plexus blocks, depending on the location of the pain.
- Trigger point injections. These injections address back pain associated with trigger points, which are small knots or spasms in a specific muscle.
- Viscosupplementation. This procedure involves an injection of a gel-like fluid (Synvisc and Supartz) into the knee joint, restoring the lubrication of the joint. This is a treatment for arthritis of the knee.
Most procedures are done under X-ray guidance. Sedation is available for most procedures.