Specialty Pain Medicine Services
The Beaumont Center for Pain Medicine offers many specialty services to help you manage your pain. More information about each specialty procedure is below.
Compression Fracture Therapy
Osteoporosis and osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures are commonly encountered clinical problems. The critical element in deciding a treatment regimen is pain and percentage of vertebral collapse. Kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty may be indicated as an initial intervention. These types of surgical procedures offer the potential to restore bone height in the vertebra and reverse deformity of the spine.
An injured disc can be a source of pain. A discogram is used to determine if a particular disc is the source of pain. Discograms are provocative tests, meaning that they attempt to reproduce rather than remove pain. The reproduction of pain during a discogram can help determine if injury to a particular disc is the source of a person's pain.
Intrathecal (IT) pumps
IT pumps deliver small doses of medication directly to the spinal fluid. It consists of a small battery-powered, programmable pump that is surgically implanted under the skin. Sophisticated drug dose regimens can be instituted. Implanted pumps need to be refilled every 1 to 3 months. Patients requiring this modality of pain management go through an indepth screening process prior to having an IT pump implanted.
Percutaneous Disc Decompression
This method, which removes disc tissue and reduces internal pressure may be appropriate for treatment of a bulging or herniated disc. The reduction of pressure creates a partial vacuum, which enables the disc to suck the herniation inside and reabsorb the tissue
Spinal Cord Stimulator
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. A small pulse generator is implanted in the back. Once turned on, it sends electrical pulses to the spinal cord. These pulses interfere with the nerve impulses that make you feel pain.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for treating osteoporotic fractures. A special balloon is inserted inside the fractured vertebrae and gently inflated in order to restore height to the bone thus reducing deformity of the spine. A cement-like material is then injected directly into the fractured bone which stabilizes the fracture and, in many cases, provides immediate pain relief. Most patients return to their normal daily activities after the procedure.