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What Is Interventional Spine Medicine?


Most frequently, interventional spine medicine is recommended for patients with a back pain diagnosis.

Patients of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery have access to the specialty of interventional spine medicine and nonsurgical spine treatment for back pain relief. Spine injections are among the most frequent interventional spine medicine treatments. Patients want to know, “What is interventional spine medicine, and can it provide back pain relief for me?” Our interventional spine medicine specialist has the expertise to offer patients nonsurgical spine treatment. Our interventional spine medicine lead specialist is:

What Is Interventional Spine Medicine?


A specialty within neurology and neuro-spine medicine, interventional spine medicine treats patients who are seeking back pain relief. Along with a broad range of nonsurgical spine treatments and back pain relief options – including spine injections – interventional spine medicine focuses on the most minimally invasive surgery options available for individual patients. Interventional spine medicine benefits include:

  • Reduce recovery time

  • Injury healing

  • Back pain relief

  • Major spine surgery avoided

  • Outpatient care

  • Intensive diagnostics and imaging

What Conditions Does Interventional Spine Medicine Treat?


Most frequently, interventional spine medicine is recommended for patients with a back pain diagnosis, specifically:

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Disc herniation, lumbar/cervical

  • Discrepancy of leg length

  • Dysfunction of sacroiliac joint

  • Facet arthropathy

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Scoliosis

  • Spinal stenosis

  • Spine cancer

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Sprain and strain, lumbar/cervical

Dr. Gnirke has the expertise to treat patients with any diagnosis impacting the health and function of the spine. Interventional spine medicine offers many treatments options that provide back pain relief.


Nonsurgical Spine Treatment


An accurate diagnosis is the first step. A comprehensive initial diagnostic work-up identifies contributing pain triggers. CT Scan, X-ray, MRI, nerve studies, and other tools are utilized. The treatment plan is designed to decrease pain, reduce swelling and loss of function while correcting biomechanical abnormalities. Nonsurgical spine treatment options include:


Medications: Pain management with anti-depressants, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, nerve membrane stabilizers, opioids, steroids

Physical therapy: Stress reduction and body activation

Guided imagery: Neurological improvement through visualization

Spine pain injection therapy: Targeted relief with soft tissue, peripheral joint, and spine injections. These include:

  • Epidural

  • Facet blocks

  • Fluoroscopy and ultrasound facilitated

  • Medial branch block

  • Radiofrequency ablation

  • Sacroiliac joint


Rehabilitation psychology: Emotional and return-to-daily life support

Kinesthetic therapy: Heat and cold pack, electrical stimulation, massage, and craniosacral manipulation

Corrective therapy: Traction, myofascial release, posture adjustment, and joint/soft tissue mobilization


Are You A Candidate for Interventional Spine Medicine?


Interventional spine medicine includes a wide range of disciplines to treat patients with back pain. Request a consultation with VSON’s nonsurgical spine treatment expert today. Dr. Gnirke can be reached in Frisco at (970) 668-3633 and in Vail at (970) 476-7220.

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