What is pain management?
Pain management is a sub-specialised field of interventional radiology that focuses on relieving, reducing and managing chronic and acute pain. The procedures use guidance from either an ultrasound or CT scanner to identify the precise location for the intervention.
Pain management strategies are minimally invasive, often involving injecting specific medications to decrease the symptoms.
What pain management procedures are available at QDI?
QDI offers a range of pain management procedures, including:
- Joint injections—anti-inflammatory injections in the feet, ankle, knee, hip and shoulder joints
- Facet block injections—injections into the spinal joints
- Nerve root injection—injections along the nerve roots of the spine
- Steroid injection—injections of steroids into inflamed muscles, joints, tendons and bursa
- Orthokine—injections of a patient’s blood serum into joints, tendons or soft tissue
- Plasma rich platelet—injections of a patient’s plasma-rich platelets into joints, tendons and soft tissue
- Vertebroplasty—technique to treat crush fractures in the spine.
- Orthocell- cell therapy for treatment of chronic tendon injuries.
- Durolane – single injection treatment to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis (OA) in specific small and large joints.
- Synvisc – injection that supplements the fluid in your knee to help lubricate and cushion the joint
- Hydrodilatation – procedure where a fine needle is placed into the shoulder joint and injection performed to stretch the joint capsule.
How long does it take?
Different pain management treatments require different amounts of time. At the time of your booking, we’ll advise you of the time needed for your specific procedure.
How should I prepare?
Preparation will depend on the type of procedure you are having. When you book your appointment, we’ll discuss any preparation needed for your particular procedure.
You should let us know when you make the appointment:
- if you’re pregnant or may possibly be pregnant
- if you’ve had previous imaging or procedures done relating to the same region
- if you’re on any blood thinners or anticoagulants
- if you are allergic to anaesthetic or corticosteroid.
Please bring any recent scans with you for review.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.
What can I expect during pain management treatment?
You may be required to remove items like jewellery, coins, keys, belts and/or change into a patient gown.
At the start of the examination, a staff member will ask you some general health questions and examine the area of pain. An antiseptic solution will be used to clean your skin and prevent infection. You may be given a small injection of local anaesthetic before the pain management substance is injected. An ultrasound or CT will be used to guide the needle to the precise position.
What will it cost?
A Medicare rebate and health fund benefit may apply for these examinations. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment.
When will I get the results?
We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 – 48 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.
What are the side effects of pain management treatments?
You may experience more soreness in the 24 to 48 hours following the injection. This is a normal response to the procedure. Oral pain tablets and ice packs can help relieve pain in this acute stage.
Corticosteroids usually take 3 to 5 days to take effect and begin reducing pain and inflammation.
If you experience a more intense pain following the injection, please consult your referring doctor as soon as possible.
How long do pain treatment treatments last?
The effects of pain treatment vary considerably, depending on the area being injected, the severity of the injury, and the use of other treatments like physiotherapy or alternative therapies to prolong the effects of the injection.
Some patients only require one treatment while others require ongoing injections for relief. Blood and platelet injections generally last longer than corticosteroid injections.
- Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
- Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
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Where can I have pain management treatment?
QDI performs pain management treatment at a number of clinics: Please contact the QDI Call Centre (3222 1905) to determine the clinic for your needs.