Diagnostic techniques

The importance of diagnosing pain

A careful and accurate diagnosis is crucial in deciding the most effective treatment for each type of pain. Our teams at the Teknon Pain Management Clinic specialize in diagnosing the source of pain using the most appropriate techniques for each case.

Diagnostic blocks are especially important for our system for several reasons:

  • They give information on the expected effectiveness of drug treatments (Opiate and lidocaine trials).
  • They assist in the location and isolation of pain sources.
  • Helps to distinguish whether the pain is somatic, visceral, from the sympathetic nervous system or from the central nervous system.
  • They are useful for identifying the source of a distant or radiating pain.
  • They serve to predict the outcome of invasive and difficult techniques (radiofrequency, spinal cord stimulation or peripheral, etc.).

Opiates trial

A large number of patients can be treated with opiate analgesics in combination with other drugs or procedures. When opiates are required for the first time or when changing to a different type, the drugs must first be used on a trial basis to find the right dose and avoid possible side effects.

Selective diagnostic blocks of peripheral nerves, andcentral system and autonomic system

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Diagnostic blocks are performed to determine the specific nerve that is responsible for the pain. Diagnostic blocks and injections are performed when the clinical history, physical examination and laboratory tests (Rx, CT, MRI, EMG, etc.) are not able to pin point the origin and effects of the pain. They are one of the most useful diagnostic and treatment procedures available today.

Diagnostic blocks give us accurate information on the origins of pain. We utilize a percutaneous or regional block IV (bretylium or local anesthetics).

Epidurography - Discogram

EpidurogramaEpidurogramaTests used to diagnose whether or not back pain is caused by a damaged spinal disc. It is the only test that can tell us precisely where the pain originates in the intervertebral disc. The test is performed under fluoroscopy by injecting contrast into the damaged intervertebral disc. This procedure allows us to have real-time images of disc conditions.

Differential diagnostic blocks

Blocks which use different anesthetics and variable timing to allow us to find the source of pain.