Pain Management

Pain Management

At Minneapolis Vein Center, we specialize in advanced pain management procedures designed to bring relief and restore comfort. Our expert team, including specialized radiologists, excels in interventions like Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) and Joint Injections. These minimally invasive procedures are performed with precision under image guidance, targeting inflammation and providing temporary relief from pain. Whether you’re dealing with back discomfort or joint pain, our patient-centric approach ensures a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Explore the possibilities for pain relief with Minneapolis Vein Center, where your well-being is our priority.
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Precise Injections for Relief

Joint Injection

Epidural steroid injections (ESI)

At the Minneapolis Vein Center, our radiologists specialize in epidural steroid injections (ESI) for non-surgical pain management in the neck or back (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar levels). These injections aim to reduce inflammation and irritation of exiting nerve roots, providing temporary but significant relief from pain. The duration of pain relief varies, typically lasting from one week to up to one year. ESIs can be particularly beneficial for individuals experiencing severe back & radicular pain and those looking to advance in their rehabilitation program.

Joint injections (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, sacral-iliac)

Joint injections play a dual role – identifying the source of pain and offering relief through the injection of steroids into the affected joint. These precise injections are performed under fluoroscopy for accuracy.


The procedure

At the beginning of the injection procedure, a nurse and a highly trained technologist ensure your comfort, explain the process, and address any questions or concerns you may have. Before the injection, your skin is numbed with a local anesthetic.

The interventional radiologist uses fluoroscopy to guide the needle to its exact position. A contrast agent further enhances the visibility of the targeted area. Once the needle’s placement is confirmed, the steroid solution is injected, completing the process. Most pain injections are completed within 15 to 30 minutes and provide immediate relief.

Recovery and monitoring

Following the procedure, you will spend some time in the recovery area for monitoring. Plan to spend approximately one hour on your clinic visit. It’s common to experience numbness for up to 12 hours after the injection. While the steroidal medication’s effects usually are noticeable within 48-72 hours, it may take up to one week. In some cases, multiple injections may be necessary to achieve full pain relief. If no change in symptoms occurs after injections, further investigation into alternative sources of pain may be considered.

Schedule an Appointment

To discover the treatment path for your specific needs, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified, fellowship-trained interventional radiologists.