Pain Management at Fairview Northland Medical Center

Managing pain and improving lives

Chronic back pain can keep you from living a full and active life. Our care providers from Midwest Spine Institute specialize in diagnosing the source of your pain and easing it with innovative treatments.


Our team includes doctors who are board certified in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and have specialty training in pain management. Together, they have the medical knowledge, experience and compassion you need when you’re in pain.

Conditions we treat
Whether acute or chronic pain, our providers are skilled at diagnosing and treating a wide range of conditions, including:

Low back pain
  • Neck pain/cervicalgia
  • Neck and back strains and sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Disc herniation
  • Radiculitis/neuritis
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Fractures
  • Tailbone pain
  • Sacroiliac pain
  • Hip pain/bursitis

Managing pain
Once we pinpoint the cause of your pain, we'll work with you to develop a personal treatment plan. We use evidence‑based, state‑of the‑art interventional pain management techniques that specifically target the source of your pain.
  • Therapeutic Injections. Local anesthetics, often combined with a long‑acting cortisone‑type medication, may be injected around nerve roots or into muscles or joints to reduce pain associated with inflammation, swelling and muscle spasms.
  • Diagnostic injections and nerve blocks. Diagnostic injections can help determine the source of pain. Local anesthetic is injected into an area to see if it “blocks” or temporarily takes the pain away. By understanding the source of pain, the provider can more effectively determine treatment options.
  • Radiofrequency neuroablation. This minimally invasive treatment involves your doctor applying controlled heat to nerve tissue. The process causes coagulation within the nerve tissue and disrupts the pain signals to the brain.
  • Provocative discography. Discography is a special diagnostic test that allows the doctor to view and evaluate the disc, and determine if it's the cause of your pain. Your doctor will look for tears, scarring, bulges and changes within the disc.
  • Spinal cord stimulator trial.  A spinal cord stimulator is a specialized device that stimulates nerves by delivering electrical impulses via thin, insulated wires placed on the spinal cord. If your doctor believes you could benefit from this device, he or she will have you try it first with temporary wires to determine if it's an effective way to manage your pain. 

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Don't live with pain. Let us help.
Call 651‑430‑3800 to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist. Our experts will work with you to diagnose and treat your pain.

Care team

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