Pain Management Specialist

Family Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Medical Clinics located in Soldotna, AK

Living with chronic pain means your quality of life isn’t what it should be. At Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, Alaska, there’s an on-staff pain management specialist who is highly skilled in assessing and treating your persistent pain issues. Available services include safe and effective nerve blocks, caudal injections, joint injections, and a procedure known as radiofrequency ablation, which uses electrical current to numb the nerves in your lower back and alleviate chronic pain and help you return to a more active, pain-free lifestyle. To learn more about available pain management techniques, schedule an appointment online or by phone.

Pain Management Q & A

What pain management services are available?

At Family Medical Clinic, a pain management specialist is on staff to help you treat and manage chronic pain conditions resulting from disease or injury. Available pain management services include:

  • Caudal
  • Nerve blocks
  • Joint injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections (SI)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

Your provider can determine the best treatment for you based on your pain level, the location of pain, and the frequency of pain.

What is a caudal?

A caudal is a regional anesthetic steroid injection your provider may suggest if you suffer from persistent pain in your lower back. This treatment may be right for you if you have conditions like:

  • Sciatica
  • Bone spur
  • Herniated disc

Before the injection, your provider can apply a topical anesthetic for your comfort. During the procedure, your provider will use an X-ray device to ensure the needle is in the correct position.

Following treatment, your provider applies a bandage. You can expect to limit your activities for up to 24 hours based on your provider’s recommendations. Within two to three days of the injection, you should feel its full effects and experience a significant reduction in pain.

What is TFESI?

A transforaminal epidural steroid injection (TFESI) is a treatment your provider uses to alleviate pain in your lower back.

Because of the powerful anti-inflammatory steroids, TFESI in injections directly treats inflamed spinal nerves for long-lasting pain relief. It can take up to 72 hours to receive the pain-relieving benefits of the injection and up to a week to achieve maximum benefits.

How does radiofrequency ablation treat pain?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure your provider may suggest to relieve chronic pain in your lower back. The procedure involves the insertion of a special needle that uses radio waves alongside your spinal nerves to deliver a small electrical current to the nerve to replicate your pain.

Your provider then numbs the targeted nerves before creating a lesion using the radiofrequency waves. This lesion interferes with the nerve’s ability to send pain signals to your brain.

To keep you comfortable during your procedure, your provider uses a local anesthetic and light sedation. You will need someone to drive you home after treatment and expect to get plenty of rest before returning to your usual activities.