Non-Surgical Treatments for Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from chronic back pain and seeking pain relief, there are many non-surgical pain management treatment options available. Using world-class technology, our interventional radiologists aim to provide pain relief, prevent further injury and stress to the affected area, and help maintain the ability to function during day-to-day tasks.

Common Chronic Pain Conditions Include:
  • Sciatica – pain that comes from inflammation of the sciatic nerve and runs from the lower back down one or both legs.
  • Lower back pain – common causes include torn or damaged muscles or ligaments, or disc damage.
  • Shoulder, hip, knee, neck and muscle pain – the most common causes include arthritis and sporting injuries.
  • Muscle and ligament tears – Injuries to soft tissues can cause chronic pain. Sporting injuries are a common cause of muscle and ligament tears.
  • Slipped disc, ruptured disc & bulging disc – nearby nerves are often compressed or inflamed, causing severe back pain and loss of mobility.
  • Arthritic pain – inflammation of joints, muscles and connective tissues.

At Queensland Diagnostic Imaging Varsity Lakes we are proud to offer affordable, accessible chronic pain treatments to the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads regions. With highly skilled specialists and the latest technology, residents no longer have to travel to Brisbane for chronic pain treatment. Our Pain Management Centre is located at the Gold Coast Surgical Hospital between Burleigh Heads, Robina and Broadbeach.

Chronic Pain Treatments Available At Our Pain Management Centre include:

  • CT Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
    RFA involves inserting a needle into the problem area under the guidance of a CT scan. A small electrical current passes through the needle into the pain site, disrupting the nerve’s ability to send pain signals. This procedure is performed under sedation with a local anaesthetic.
  • Joint Injections
    Corticosteroid medication is injected into joints under CT or ultrasound guidance to provide pain relief for shoulder, hip, knee, neck and muscles.
  • Facet Block Injection
    Facet joints are small joints that are located on either side of the vertebrae. Their function is to provide stability while allowing movement. Facet joint pain can be caused by arthritis of the spine, spinal injury or damage from repetitive stress. Local anaesthetic is injected into one or more of the facet joints to relieve pain and restore function.
  • Nerve Root Injection
    When a nerve root becomes inflamed or compressed, leg, arm or back pain may result. Local anaesthetic and steroids are injected into the nerve root under X-ray guidance to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Steroid Injection
    Cortisone or other steroids are often injected directly into the tendons around the hip, shoulder, knee, elbow, hand and wrist joints for pain relief. Muscle and ligament tears may also be treated this way.
  • Orthokine Injection
    With this treatment, a protective protein is extracted from the patient’s own blood. This protein protects the body against an inflammatory agent that causes arthritis. A series of weekly injections delivers the treatment to the problem area.
  • Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy (PRP)
    Plasma from the patient’s own blood is treated to increase the platelet concentration. Healing agents in blood platelets stimulate healing in soft tissues. Plasma Rich Platelet Therapy is used to encourage healing in muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is often used in treating chronic pain from sporting injuries.

Depending on your condition, your doctor will refer you to one of our highly trained pain management specialists who will advise the best non-surgical treatment option available for you.

Queensland Diagnostic Imaging Varsity Lakes provides minimally invasive treatments for chronic pain. Call our friendly team at QDI Varsity Lakes on 07 5585 3700 or visit to find out how our Pain Management Centre can help you relieve, reduce and manage your chronic pain.