Pain management procedures are ordered for diagnosis and/or therapeutic treatment of pain in all areas of the spine (lumbar, thoracic and cervical), as well as joints (shoulder, hip, wrist, etc.)


At MSI, our physician specializes in pain management procedures. Our radiologist also has advanced training in specific areas, including musculoskeletal imaging. This special focus, combined with our image-guided approach, ensures that your diagnostic and/or therapeutic injection is accurate and safe.




Bursa injections


Bursa injections can help diagnose the source of pain and provide relief by delivering local anesthetic (numbing medication) and anti-inflammatory steroid medications into specific synovial fluid filled fibrous sacs (bursa), which are adjacent to joints in the body. This procedure may reduce inflammation, resulting in long-term pain relief.




Facet joint injection


A facet joint injection is a procedure that identifies the source of irritation in the small joints at each segment of the spine. These joints provide stability and help guide motion. A cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back) or lumbar (lower back) facet joint injection involves injecting a steroid (anti-inflammatory) medication, which can anesthetize (numb) the facet joints and block the pain.


If multiple levels of pain exist within the facets, several injections may be required to pinpoint the pain source in each location. This pain relief will enable you to undergo necessary conventional treatment, such as physical therapy, to rehabilitate your back.