Interventional Radiology for Spine Pain Management

At MedStar Health, our compassionate team of interventional radiologists offers a variety of treatment options to reduce or eliminate spinal pain using minimally invasive techniques.

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What is Interventional Radiology for Spine Pain Management?

Interventional radiology is a minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment option for patients experiencing pain in their back or spine as a result of:

  • Cancer
  • Nerve root damage or inflammation
  • Vertebral fractures

Our highly trained physicians are able to treat spine pain using advanced imaging techniques such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that deliver treatment through a thin tube, or catheter, inside the body.

Compared to open surgery, patients who undergo interventional radiology procedures to manage spinal pain experience fewer risks and quicker recovery times, since most procedures require only a needle puncture. In fact, patients are able to return home almost immediately after they receive treatment.

In addition, interventional radiology treatments for spine pain management can replace the need for opioids and other pain medications that often carry dangerous or uncomfortable side effects.

Interventional Radiology for Spine Pain Management Treatments

For safe and effective spinal pain relief, our interventional radiologists offer a variety of minimally invasive treatment options to help you feel better.

Learn more about the interventional radiology treatment options for spine pain management offered at MedStar Health below.

Kyphoplasty

If you’re experiencing debilitating pain as a result of osteoporosis or a spinal fracture due to trauma, you may benefit from kyphoplasty. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a cement mixture to reinforce fractured vertebrae, strengthening the spine for immediate pain relief and prevention of future fractures. It also is intended to improve the height of the collapsed vertebrae.

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Vertebroplasty

Similarly to kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty is a relatively new, minimally invasive procedure used to stabilize spinal fractures. In vertebroplasty, your interventional radiologist injects glue-like bone cement into vertebrae that are cracked or broken as a result of osteoporosis, tumors, or trauma. The cement stabilizes the cracked bone rapidly, providing immediate pain relief and improving mobility.

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Meet Our Doctors

Meet our board-certified interventional radiologists who specialize in relieving spinal pain.

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Locations Where We Offer Interventional Radiology for Spine Pain Management

As the largest health system in the Washington, D.C., and Maryland region, we offer interventional radiology care for spine pain management at nine hospitals. Find the location nearest you today.

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