Spine Injection Treatments

When it comes to dealing with chronic back pain, many patients want less invasive treatment options than surgery. Fortunately, a number of spine injection choices exist and may be combined to create a personalized spine care program that can help patients return to a more normal life.

Spine injections can be an important part of effective back pain treatment programs and should be considered by anyone seeking a solution to ongoing back pain. Spine injection treatments, for both diagnostic, as well as pain management purposes, can be part of a comprehensive way to help you gain freedom from limitations you may have thought were permanent.

Primary Uses for Spine Injections

Spine injections tend to be used in two distinct ways. They can be used as a diagnostic tool meant to pinpoint the source or cause of leg, neck, arm, or back pain. They can also be used for pain management and relief for patients whose back issues have not resolved on their own or with other types of interventions.

Spine injection treatment tends to be used as a key component of a broader treatment plan, which could include physical therapy and exercise intended to maintain or boost stability, as well as mobility of the spine.

Spine Injection Procedure

As described by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, spine injections are done under the guidance of x-ray technology known as fluoroscopy. This ensures that the medication placement is accurately targeted and boosts patient safety. A contrast dye solution is injected first, with the medication to follow.

If your physician sees that the dye has not reached its intended destination, the needle will be moved and the dye injection repeated until optimal placement is achieved. No medication will be sent into the body until the doctor is satisfied that the proper positioning has been identified.

Types of Treatments

Spine injections are performed in different ways, depending on the nature of the patient’s condition.

Epidural injections can be useful in treating pain that begins in the spine and travels to legs or arms. This type of discomfort is often the result of a compressed or inflamed nerve. These injection treatments send anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids to the nerve at issue, along with a dose of anesthetic. Epidural injections can also be used in the diagnostic process by sending anesthetic alone to a specific nerve suspected of causing pain.

Facet joint injections are also available for therapeutic as well as diagnostic purposes and are generally used to treat patients with arthritic ailments, degenerative conditions or injuries in the lower and middle back and also the neck. These injections can also be used when the patient is suffering from radiating pain that goes to areas beyond the midline spine area, such as the buttocks, shoulders or thighs.

Sacroiliac joint injections are similar in nature to facet joint injection treatments. Situated between the pelvic bones and the sacrum, these joints can receive injections for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. When used for pain relief, injections of this type are generally accompanied by a dose of steroids or another anti-inflammatory drug. As with other types of injection treatment, many patients enjoy substantial relief after a single procedure, though others may require repeat injections to receive the greatest possible degree of relief.

Far less common than the aforementioned types of injection treatment is the procedure known as provocation diskography. This method is used solely for diagnosing pain and offers no pain relief effect. Diskography of this sort is used only to identify the source of chronic discomfort that does not respond to any other sort of treatment and carries some risk of exacerbating the existing condition. However, the procedure can effectively pinpoint trouble spots for those who have been frustrated by the failure of other protocols to provide a lasting solution.

Are Spine Injections Right for Me?

Those who have suffered ongoing back pain will attest to the frustration, agony, and daily disruption such afflictions can cause. If you would like to explore spine injection treatments, as well as other effective methods for reclaiming the lifestyle you desire, contact Elite Spine & Orthopedics at (855) 77-SPINE for an appointment.

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