Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

The spine is a very complex anatomical structure consisting of multiple components which might be the source of a patient's pain. Our highly trained specialists from Penn State Hershey Spine Center offer procedures to identify the cause of spine-related pain and to treat appropriately selected patients.

Depending on the patient's condition the following procedures are available:

  • Diagnostic spinal injections such as facet nerve blocks, selective spinal nerve root blocks, provocative discograms and other procedures aimed at assisting with diagnosis
  • Therapeutic injections such as interlaminar and transforaminal epidural steroid injections, facet joint and sacroiliac joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation of the facet nerves
  • Vertebral augmentation of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures with a special cement
  • Implantable pain management devices including spinal cord stimulators and drug delivery systems
  • Percutaneous intradiscal procedures