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Pain Management Center was formed by Dr. Babu Prasad to provide a full-service pain management clinic in Southern Illinois.  It was his vision to provide innovative pain relieving solutions to the community.  Dr. Prasad has helped many patients discover a life without pain through interventional pain management.  Discover a life without pain, Discover the difference at  Pain Management Center.


Our Goal at Pain Management Center

We are dedicated to relieving your acute or chronic pain and treating each person with dignity and respect. 

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Epidural Steroid Injections


Epidural steroid injections are an effective way to treat chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions. The steroid is injected into the area around the spinal cord (the epidural region) to reduce inflammation. The location of the injection allows the nerves causing the pain to be targeted. Pain associated with herniated discs, sciatica, arthritis, spinal stenosis and other conditions can be relieved by these injections.


The injections are usually delivered in a series a few weeks apart. You can expect to experience some relief within a few days of the first injection and more relief after the proceeding injections. Some possible side effects are bleeding from the injection site, soreness at the injection site, or headaches. Contact us if these side effects persist. In most cases, however, the injections are safe and effective.


If you have been suffering from chronic pain call us today to see if epidural steroid injections can help you experience relief.

Facet Injections/Blocks


The facet joints are found in the spine and they help stabilize the vertebrae and support mobility.  You might experience pain in these joints as a result of arthritis, trauma (car accident, fall, etc.), or just due to overuse and aging.  You do not have to live with this pain.  We can help you manage this pain with rehabilitation sessions.  These sessions may be rigorous and a facet injection can be used to facilitate the process.  The injection contains an anti-inflammatory and will anesthetize the surrounding area, reducing the amount of pain you will experience while stretching and performing other rehab activities.  A facet injection can lead to more productive sessions, meaning a better level of pain management and recovery.

Nerve Blocks


Nerve blocks are injections given onto or near nerves that are causing chronic pain. They can be effective in treating pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, chronic diseases like cancer, or other conditions that cause chronic pain. The injection is comprised of a local anesthetic and epinephrine combined with either a steroid or an opioid. These injections temporarily manage pain by treating the nerves that are causing the pain.


Permanent nerve blocks are available and this is done by selectively destroying nerve tissue. This can offer a permanent relief from chronic pain, but is performed only in certain cases. The effects are irreversible and can only be done with certain nerve tissue. Your doctor can evaluate whether your pain can be controlled with this procedure.

Trigger Point Injections


Trigger points are knots of muscle that form when muscles tense up for extended periods of time. There could be pain right around the trigger point as well as referred pain in other parts of the body. This occurs when nerves in close proximity to the trigger point are irritated by it. These nerves may be linked to other areas of the body, which can lead to pain when they are irritated or impinged. Trigger points can be caused by disease, emotional factors, or injury to the area among other causes.


Pain caused by a trigger point can be relieved with an injection of an anesthetic (sometimes combined with a steroid). A small needle is used to directly inject the medication into the trigger point. You will experience some numbness in the area for a short period of time, and the chronic pain will subside after treatment.

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