Interventional Radiology

Back Pain

Back and leg pain can drastically impact your daily life. Interventional Radiology at Mount Sinai offers a variety of minimally invasive treatments that can help. We assist with back pain and various types of leg pain, including compression fractures.

Treatments We Offer

At Mount Sinai, we use minimally invasive interventional procedures to treat pain. Interventional radiology plays a key role as we use imaging to guide most of these procedures. We complete all procedures in our outpatient office using a local anesthesia or comfortable sedation. You should have little discomfort and a short recovery time. These are the approaches we use most often.

  • Kyphoplasty: We make a small incision in your back and thread a small balloon through to the site of the injury. Then we inflate the balloon to gently push any damaged bone back into place. When it is in place, we insert cement to hold the bone in the proper position. This procedure takes place in an operating room using both local anesthesia and sedation.
  • Epidural steroid injections: We use X-ray guidance to inject low doses of long-lasting (anti-inflammatory pain medications (corticosteroids) directly into the source of the pain.
  • Medial branch blocks/facet joint injections: We inject low doses of long-lasting corticosteroids and local anesthetics directly to the source of your pain. It takes about five minutes.
  • Radiofrequency nerve ablations: Under X-ray guidance, we insert a thin needle with a heated tip near the nerve that is causing you pain. The heat interrupts the nerve's ability to send pain signals to the brain, and helps you feel better. It takes about 20 minutes.
  • Major joint injections (knee, hip, shoulder):  We inject medications such as corticosteroids, local anesthetics, or hyaluronan directly into the source of the pain. The process takes about 10 minutes.
  • Occipital nerve blocks: We inject a local anesthetic—with or without a small dose of corticosteroid—into the back of your head, near the nerve that is causing you pain. This procedure takes only about 30 seconds.

Why Mount Sinai

At Mount Sinai, we have experience with a wide range of approaches to treating chronic pain. Our team of interventional radiologists is highly skilled in providing diagnostics, services, and treatments to help you feel better. We strive to get you back to your regular routine as quickly as possible.