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STATE OF THE ART FLOUROSCOPY SUITE
Fluoroscopically guided injections allow precise placement of the medication at the suspected source of the pain. This allows for a more efficient procedure and a more pleasant and comfortable experience for the patient. Fluoroscopic injection of medication can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Having in-office fluoroscopy allows patients to be treated in a more timely fashion and provides cost savings for the patient and the insurance carrier.
EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS
Epidural steroid injections are used to treat spinal nerve root inflammation or “sciatica.” This is often caused by a herniated disc, a disc bulge, or protrusion. It is also utilized in treatment of spinal stenosis or “narrowing” of the spinal canal. Epidural steroid injections are also highly effective in the treatment of shingles. A small amount of steroid is injected on the inflamed nerve root, thereby reducing inflammation and swelling, resulting in decreased pressure on the nerve(s).
FACET JOINT INJECTIONS
Facet joints are located at each vertebra of the spine and inflammation of these joints is a frequent source of pain, especially in elderly patients or individuals with degenerative spine conditions, such as scoliosis.
Under direct fluoroscopic visualization, a small amount of steroid is injected into these joints. Pain relief typically occurs in 2-5 days. Facet joint injection is a safe and effective procedure, often providing patients with long-term pain relief.
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION
Approved by Medicare in 1976 for treatment of chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation has a long and successful history of relieving refractory nerve pain resulting from injury or surgery. It continues to be an excellent option for patients when conservative treatments (medications, physical therapy, nerve blocks) have failed. Patients who have recurrent extremity pain following back surgery, due to scar tissue formation or nerve damage, can benefit from spinal cord stimulation.
The initial step of implantation involves placement of a “trial” electrode for 5-7 days. After the “trial period”, if significant pain relief is achieved (>50%), the electrode is implanted in a specific location near the spinal cord. It is connected to a rechargeable battery – powered generator, which is implanted under the skin in the abdomen, or upper buttock region.
Percutaneous discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat disc bulging, disc protrusions, or contained disc herniations that cause pressure on a nerve root or “sciatica.” It is used to treat radiculopathy that fails to improve with epidural steroid injections, and it is an alternative for some patients who are not good candidates for surgery, but have symptomatic disc disease. It is performed on an outpatient basis, although patients must rest for several days following the procedure. Some patients are able to return to full activity within a few days.
PCPMG Clinical Research Unit is housed within our Anderson and Greenville locations. It is staffed by a Principal Investigator, Sub- Investigators, and Clinical Research Coordinators who have over 20 years of experience. We conduct outpatient clinical trials in Phase II, III, and IV. We provide GCP/ICH and HAZMAT Certified staff as well as Licensed Nurses as Clinical Research Coordinators dedicated to the success of clinical trials with consistency, accuracy and compliance. Our highly experienced staff is committed to meeting GCP/ICH guidelines and FDA requirements while providing our Sponsors with quality data.
Participation in our Clinical Trials is open to the public. By participating, you will have:
- Opportunity to help people suffering from medical conditions
- Access to investigational treatments before they become widely available
- Opportunity to play a role in the discovery of treatments and preventions for certain diseases or medical conditions
- Access to physical examinations and diagnostic tests related to the clinical study
- Potential for compensation for time and travel related to the clinical study
We participate in Clinical Trials that will be of the best benefit to our patients and community such as, but not limited to:
Constipation Caused by Pain Meds
Chronic Low Back Pain
Pain - Acute
Pain - Chronic
Cool RF Treatment
To see if you may be eligible for one of our Clinical Trials, please call our research office at 864-558-0008.
“Participating in Clinical Trials provides our patients with an opportunity to take investigational medications and treatments, receive lab work, diagnostic tests and physical exams at no cost, while providing us an opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments in medicines and treatments". – Eric Loudermilk, MD