Alex Simotas, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certified Physiatrist
Specializing In Spine & Sports Medicine

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Treatments

This section provides information and, in most cases videos, about many of the treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Simotas. The videos provide some introductory information about the basic methods used. While the goal of the procedures is the same, each individual procedure must be uniquely adapted to the patient’s specific circumstances. You will, of course, need to discuss your individual procedure in detail with Dr. Simotas.

Cervical Epidural Injection

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This injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or radiculopathy can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain.… Read More

Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy

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This minimally-invasive procedure, also called radiofrequency (or RF) rhizotomy, reduces or eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals.… Read More

Cervical Transforaminal Injection

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This injection procedure is performed to relieve neck, shoulder and arm pain related to compression of a nerve root in the cervical spine.… Read More

Facet Joint Injection

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Each vertebra in the spine is connected to the vertebra above and below it by facet joints, which are located on both sides of the rear of the spine.… Read More

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

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This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions.… Read More

Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy

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This minimally-invasive procedure, also called radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy, reduces or eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals.… Read More

Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection

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This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. The steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, sciatica and herniated discs.… Read More

Medial Branch Block

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This diagnostic procedure is performed to determine if a specific facet joint is the source of a patient’s pain. During the procedure, an injection is administered to block the nerves serving the painful facet joints.… Read More

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection

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This non-surgical therapy is an injection of a concentrated mixture of the patient’s own blood. PRP injections have been shown to relieve acute and chronic pain and accelerate healing of injured tissues and joints.… Read More

Sacroiliac Joint Block

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This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet.… Read More

Trigger Point Injection

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This outpatient procedure is designed to reduce or relieve the pain of trigger points. These small knots can form in muscles or in the fascia, the soft, stretchy connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs.… Read More

Ultrasound Guided Injection

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This non-operative, outpatient procedure is designed to provide relief for patients with pain in the shoulder from conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and adhesive capsulitis.… Read More