Non-Steroidal Facet Injection
One of our proprietary treatments that separates Novocur from all other Pain Management Clinics in the country is Non-Steroidal Facet Injection. Our very effective and safe medication formula and application technique is changing lives. It is highly effective even when all other pain management options have failed. This treatment focuses on the moveable joints between the vertebrae of the spine. These joints are highly innervated with sensory pain nerve endings and may be involved with the amplification of pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia and the generator of back and neck pain as well as headaches.
The facet joints are often the culprits of pain generation even with the presence of disc protrusion or herniation (commonly referred to as “bulging or slipped discs”) or simple age-related degenerative arthritis. Damage or deterioration to spinal discs can alter normal movement of the facets joints with everyday bending, twisting and load bearing. Altered spinal joint movement will eventually lead to inflammation of the facet joints, irritated nerve tissue, spasms of spinal stabilizing muscles, and painful spinal ligament tissue. Improper spinal joint movement and associated pain starts at one level of the spine, but usually spreads over time to adjacent segments above and below the original problem area.
Novocur’s non-steroidal facet injection addresses all of the areas of inflammation and pain related to the facet joints while the old traditional steroid-based treatments cannot. This is what separates Novocur’s treatment from all the others — we are able to treat all the muscles, ligaments, nerve tissue and joints without fear of negative steroid side effects. Additionally, our patent pending medication formula also has a proteolytic effect, which means it helps break down scar tissue associated with prior trauma or chronic pain/inflammation. Scar tissue or granulated tissue (often associated with fibromyalgia) cannot cleanse itself of metabolic waste products, such as lactic acid, which further perpetuates pain cycles. Novocur’s medication formula helps restore the integrity of cell membranes, which helps speed the turnover rate or healing rate of the effected tissue as well as reduces the premature firing of pain signals.
Traditional steroid-based treatments are limited by potential steroid side effects, which include: tissue cataboyisis (breakdown), bone demineralization (can lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis), adrenal gland suppression, rebound pain (pain that is worse than it was prior to treatment), weight gain, inhibition of glucose uptake by muscle and fat tissue (causes increased blood sugar levels), and mood and personality alterations — just to name a few. Of course, those patients who suffer from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia should avoid the old, traditional steroid approach to avoid aggravation of their condition. As a result of these side effects, the amount of steroid medication used in traditional treatments is kept to a minimum as well as the number of locations treated in one session and frequency of these treatments available over time. Novocur has eliminated all of these potential side effects and limitations with our unique non-steroidal facet injection, and our patients experience superior results in most cases. Patients from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico come to Arizona seeking this innovative treatment at the Novocur Clinics.