A Guide to Treating Back Pain with Spinal Injections

For patients suffering from back pain who have tried medication and physical therapy,   there is another option.  Spinal injections are non-surgical back treatments used to mitigate your pain.  Often, spinal injections work better than oral medications, as spinal injections are delivered to the site of pain.

  • Epidural Steroid Injections

An epidural steroid injection is the most common type of spinal injection used to treat back pain.  During epidural steroid injections, a dose of cortisone is injected into the epidural space in your spine, which can shrink swelling in a bulging or herniated disc.  In addition to reducing inflammation, epidural injections may have a flushing effect that helps remove inflammatory proteins that cause pain.

  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections

Like epidural steroid injections, sacroiliac joint injections use cortisone to reduce inflammation.  A steroidal injection into the sacroiliac joint can reduce back pain resulting from sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

  • Facet Joint Injections

In order to reduce inflammation in joint spaces on your back, your doctor may use cortisone injections into your facet joints.  Twisting injuries to the back can often damage one or both facet joints, resulting in pain.  A facet joint injection can relieve back pain as well as be used as a diagnostic tool to understand the source of your back pain.

  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks

Injections of a local anesthetic along with cortisone injected near the nerve root can be used to simultaneously diagnose and treat back pain.  The anesthetic will eliminate pain and ensure the source of pain has been correctly identified.  At the same time, the cortisone will reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.

If you are suffering from ongoing back pain and have had little success using medication to treat your back or neck pain, schedule an appointment with Non-Surgical Orthopaedics to explore your spinal injection options.  Whether your pain requires work injury treatment, sports injury treatment, or pain management, the compassionate and experienced staff offers non-surgical treatment options for your pain.  To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 770-421-1420.

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