1) Is a referral needed to be evaluated at AIPM?
While we recommend that you obtain a referral from your physician for proper communication, it is not required.
2) Am I allowed to take a bath after a spinal injection or nerve block?
No bathing/ submerging under water for 24 hours but showers are okay after procedures. This is to decrease the risk of infection.
3) Which is better – hot or cold packs after an RF ablation procedure?
We recommend cold packs placed directly over the procedure area on and off 15-20 minute intervals on the day of the procedure to decrease post procedure inflammation and pain.
4) Why do I have to have two test blocks before an RF facet ablation?
This protocol has been scientifically validated to establish the facet joints as the source of pain and is now accepted and required by most insurance carriers.