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St. Francis Regional Medical Center offers a variety of resources to help manage and relieve your pain.

Therapeutic pain injections

Therapeutic injections, offered as part of St. Francis' interventional radiology program, are performed by specialized medical doctors, called radiologists, from Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.

Interventional Radiology uses minimally-invasive procedures to diagnose and treat various disorders and pain by using images of the patient (x-Ray and ultrasound) to guide radiologists in delivering treatments via a small puncture in the skin.

These minimally-invasive procedures can offer an alternative to surgery:

  • Upper and lower extremity joint injections and aspirations.
  • Facet-lumbar and sacroiliac joint injections.
  • Interlaminar lumbar epidural steroid injection (ESI).
  • Arthrogram (joint x-Ray) of: ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder and wrist.
  • Joint aspirations of: ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder and wrist.
  • Joint injections of: ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder (sacroiliac joint), wrist and spine.
  • Epidural injections of: intralaminar—lumbar, facet injection—lumbar and lumbar puncture.
  • Myelogram (using x-rays and contrast) of: cervical, thoracic and lumbar.

If you have questions about these procedures, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact St. Francis Diagnostic Services at 952.428.2151.

Alternative pain management options at St. Francis


St. Francis offers outpatient appointments for acupuncture! Outpatient integrative health services at St. Francis are provided in the St. Francis Health Clinic, located just north of St. Francis patient registration.

Purposefully placed needles can provide pain relief, reduce side effects from treatments, balance the body's energy and provide multi-symptom management for mental and physical conditions. St. Francis' acupuncturists are certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. Physician referrals are not necessary. Acupuncture treatment may be reimbursable through healthcare spending accounts or billable to insurance. Please call your insurance company to verify prior to your appointment.

In partnership with Allina Health's Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, integrative health at St. Francis complements conventional medicine and promotes well-being through services, education and self-care.

For more information about acupuncture at St. Francis, visit our Acupuncture page or call 952.428.3690.

iSpine Pain Physicians

iSpine Pain Physicians will work in coordination with other providers and services at St. Francis to offer pain management and chronic medication management in the 1601 Medical Office building on the St. Francis campus. They are also licensed in suboxone therapy for opioid use disorder.

iSpine's mission is to improve patients' quality of life by providing minimally invasive and maximally effective treatments for chronic pain conditions. Doctors diagnose and coordinate treatment of spinal disorders, chronic back and neck pain conditions, extremity, and other related syndromes.

iSpine's pain management physicians are highly trained and experienced, having received the highest level of interventional pain management education with board certification. With a personalized treatment approach and coordinated care, iSpine providers strive to help patients experience long-term relief and enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 763.201.8191 or visit

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