Island Sports & Spine

M Avenue Building, Lower Level
2511 M Avenue, Suite C
Anacortes, WA 98221

P: 360.299.4929

F: 360.299.4930

Hours

Monday–Thursday
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Don't let pain get you down

Interventional pain management uses increasingly common methods of minimally-invasive procedures for helping you cope with pain. These specialized, minimally invasive techniques directly address the source of your pain and are scientifically proven effective. When it comes to chronic or severe pain, interventional pain management seeks to disrupt the pain cycle by blocking the nervous system’s transmission of pain filled messages from nerve endings to the brain. If these methods are found suitable for you, we can help you get back to the everyday activities that you enjoy.

Services Provided

Epidural and nerve root blocks

Therapeutic procedures that can alleviate neck and back pain by injecting local anesthetic and/or steroid into the area between the bones and outermost membrane protecting the spinal cord. This procedure can also alleviate arm and leg pain, and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Facet joint injections

These are diagnostic procedures that help detect whether the source of your pain is coming from facet joints, which are small pairs of joints on the back of the spine. After this procedure, a pain diary will help determine which treatment options will be best for you.

Facet or medial branch rhizotomy

If a facet joint injection has provided short-term relief and it is determined that the spinal facet joint is indeed the cause of your pain, a rhizotomy can help provide relief for an extended period of time. This procedure is similar to the facet joint injections, but with a specialized needle tip that passes a radio frequency heat through the needle and into the nerve.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is a good option for patients considering an alternative to surgery. PRP uses a patient’s own blood components to stimulate the body’s healing process. Damaged tissues are injected directly with concentrated platelets. This stimulates growth factors and increases reparative cells to support the healing process.

Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is an injection that treats chronic, musculoskeletal pain, utilizing the body’s own healing process to repair tissues and create new fibrous tissues to strengthen the injured area. An injection substance such as a dextrose solution and anesthetic is injected, causing tissue irritation and slight inflammation. The body then begins to repair this area to restore strength to the weakened area. Prolotherapy typically requires 4-6 treatments to encourage a gradual tissue buildup.

Sacroiliac joint injections

Therapeutic procedures that can alleviate neck and back pain by injecting local anesthetic and/or steroid into the area between the bones and outermost membrane protecting the spinal cord. This procedure can also alleviate arm and leg pain, and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Viscosupplementation

In this procedure, a gel-like injection of synthetic joint fluid is used to lubricate joints and decrease inflammation. This injection is usually applied to the knee, but may possibly be applied to other joints as well.

Spine Surgery

For patients requiring spine surgery, minimally invasive state-of-the-art spinal robotic technology is also offered at Island Health. Learn more.

Our Providers

Robert Billow, DO

Interventional Pain Medicine

Accepts Telemedicine

Accepting New Patients

Island Sports & Spine is an Island Health-affiliated clinic. Patients seeking care at this clinic may receive a separate billing for a facility fee. This fee could result in higher out-of-pocket expenses. Patients should contact their insurance company to determine coverage for hospital-based facility charges.

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State-of-the-art spine robot technology at an award-winning hospital!

With the acquisition of a new cutting-edge spine robot, Island Sports & Spine is proud to be leading the way in the field of robotic surgery. The Excelsius GPS® spine robot technology combines a rigid robotic arm with full navigation capabilities for minimally invasive spinal surgeries. The spine robot helps support Dr. Dawei Lu's procedures by maximizing surgical precision, as it allows him to monitor, plan and navigate with real-time imaging.