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Trigger Point Injection

What is a Trigger Point?   A trigger point is a small tightening knot in the muscle. This knot is usually very sensitive and tender when touched. There are approximately 400 muscles in the body, and any one of those can develop trigger points. Common sites are in the muscles of the neck, shoulder blades, […]

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Spinal Cord Stimulation

What is a Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS)?   Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an advanced therapy for certain types of chronic pain. A spinal stimulator device is only used for the treatment of spinal pain that has been unresponsive to surgical and/or non-surgical treatment. This device stimulates nerves with tiny electrical impulses through small electrical […]

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SI Joint Injections

What is the Sacroiliac Joint?   The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is a joint in the lower back where the spine connects to the hips and pelvis. You have SI joints on both the left and right side of your hips. These joints help control your hip area when you move. What is Sacroiliac […]

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Rhizotomy

What is a Radiofrequency rhizotomy? Radiofrequency Neurotomy, or Rhizotomy is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure used to effectively “shut off” pain signals being sent from the facet joints to the brain. These small joints are responsible for supporting weight and controlling movement between individual vertebrae of the spine. Although procedure is not a permanent fix to […]

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Medial Branch Blocks

What are Medial Branch Nerves? Medial branch nerves are the small nerve branches that control sensation to part of your facet joints. The facet joint is where each bone of the spine (vertebrae) connects with the next. Each vertebra has two pairs of facet joints. These joints support your spine when you bend or twist. […]

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Lumbar Discography

What is a Cervical (neck) or Lumbar (lower back) Discography? A discogram is a diagnostic test performed to determine the location or source of our pain pain. How is this procedure done? Utah Spine Care uses fluoroscopy (live x-ray guidance) for all Discography Procedures The patient will lie on a procedure bed on his or […]

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Balloon Kyphoplasty

What is a Kyphoplasty? – Introduction Your doctor has determined that you have a vertebral compression fracture (VCF). This type of fracture can cause severe back pain. Left untreated, one compression fracture can lead to multiple fractures that, in turn, could alter the shape of your spine and adversely affect your overall health. Traditional treatment […]

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Facet Joint Injections

What is a Facet Joint?   Facet joints are on the left and right side of the spine, these joints act as a connection point for the neighboring vertebrae. Facet joints, are approximately the size of your fingernail, A smooth connective tissue, called cartilage, covers the bone surfaces inside each facet joint. These connections help […]

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Epidural Steroid Injection

What is an Epidural Steroid Injection? Epidural steroid injections are a common and minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves. The spinal nerves become inflamed due to narrowing of the passages where the nerves travel as they pass down or out of the spine. […]

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Discectomy

What is a discectomy? Posterior cervical foraminotomy/discectomy is an operation performed on the upper spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The term is derived from the words posterior (back), lumbar (back), foraminotomy (to open the foramen), and discectomy (remove a portion of the intervertebral disc). Why Is It Done? When a […]

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