Getting Relief from Different Kinds of Back Injections

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For anyone who has severe or chronic back pain, you know how debilitating a problematic back can be. Back conditions can affect the entire body, making even mild activities such as driving, sleeping and walking huge hurdles. Luckily, medicine continues to evolve and new treatments are being developed every year. Sometimes, major relief can come from a simple shot. Below are various examples of treatment options you may consider for relief from back pain.

Epidural Steroid Injections

An epidural steroid injection is a great option for treatment with minimal invasion. These steroid injections include both a corticosteroid, such as methyl-prednisolone, and an anesthetic, such as lidocaine. Delivery of the medicine is within the dura covering of the spinal cord and vertebrae, an area filled with blood vessels and fat.

Steroids have a long-documented history of reducing inflammation, so patients may receive fast relief in an outpatient procedure. For more specific details on an example of a steroid injection, check out Premier Pain’s page for a cervical epidural steroid injection.

Candidates for epidural steroid injections include people suffering from spinal stenosis, spondylolysis in the facet joints, sciatica, herniated discs or degenerating discs.

Nerve Block Injections

In the body, there occasionally are instances where groups of nerves may cause severe pain. Injections are a common solution to numb these nerves and block pain signals from reaching the brain. But that’s not the only purpose of these injections. Depending on the situation, your doctor may recommend the following examples for diagnosis and/or treatment.

Therapeutic Nerve Block

These are the favorite of Premier Pain’s patients, because the purpose is to give you relief. A local anesthetic will be injected into the body to provide relief in an acute location. Examples include celiac plexus blocks, stellate ganglion blocks and ilioinguinal nerve blocks.

Diagnostic Nerve Blocks

This type of nerve block serves a dual purpose. First, the local anesthetic injected will provide relief for a known duration. But rather than purely numb the region, the medicine is given in smaller amounts to allow your physician to assess pain levels. For this method to be effective, your physician must be well-versed in pain-carrying nerves. A good example is a Medial Branch nerve block along the facet joints.

Trigger Point Injections

Have you ever pushed your body rather hard, and the next day found yourself describing a knot in a muscle? Trigger point injections are designed for severe forms of those knots, often when they are delivering referred pain to nearby nerve clusters. While they are often found in the back, they may also be seen in other parts of the body.

As with the other injections, a combination of steroid, anesthetic and possibly saline is injected into the knot. This numbs the painful area and renders it inactive.

A great thing about trigger point injections is versatility. TPI also may be used to treat fibromyalgia and tension headaches, and to mitigate myofascial pain syndrome as well.

Why Choose Back Injections?

Chronic or severe pain is often an underlying symptom of a major medical condition. But you can live with many conditions as long as the pain is at a tolerable level. In today’s current medical climate, you’re often left with the options of pain medication, injections, surgery or implanted devices.

Injections for back pain provide several advantages over many of the alternatives. It’s one of the least invasive and can provide long relief. Unlike opiates, injections don’t have the side effects of addiction. And unlike surgery, there is significantly less risk.

 

Get the Best Chronic Back Pain Solutions in New Jersey

Not every treatment is going to be correct for everyone, which is why it’s so important to have a consultation with an experienced pain management doctor. At Premier Pain Centers, our staff goes above and beyond to ensure that our patients not only get relief, but keep it. Contact us today to learn how we may be able to help you!