One of the most commonly used treatments for chronic pain in the neck and back is spinal injections. Injections have proven to be very effective in treating pain when other non-surgical treatments are not giving the desired result.
Injections function in a very head-on manner and directly supply the medicine to the affected area. Their ability to directly tackle the site of inflammation makes them a faster means of treatment compared to oral medications and physical therapy. The spinal injection contains a small dose of anti-inflammatory medication to relieve pain. These help to reduce pain and inflammation and are used to treat a variety of diseases and painful conditions like sciatica, slip disc, lumbar or cervical disc herniation, Lumbar/Cervical Spinal Stenosis, SI joint inflammation, facet arthropathy, etc.
There are multiple ways of Spinal Injections such as :
This injection is to be given in your epidural space. This is the space alongside your spinal cord (not inside of it). Nerves come out from the Spinal cord through this space. This technique requires a C Arm machine for precise placement of medication in the Transforaminal Epidural Space. The medication is injected into an area of fatty tissue surrounding the spinal nerves. Spinal Injection can be both a treatment and a way to diagnose a specific nerve root problem when there is a question.
Facet joints are synovial joints that are present in between two adjacent vertebras. These injections are placed into the joints of the neck or low back.
SI Injections are used to deliver medications into the Sacroiliac joint that connects the hip bones with the spinal column. It reduces inflammation of the SI joint.
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This injection is given when pain is coming from a specific nerve that supplies facet joints. This is called as Facet Medial Branch Block.
In this procedure, radio waves are used to block the nerves that feel pain in the joint. This gives pain relief for a long time. In this procedure, the needle is placed near the painful nerve to complete the ablation procedure.
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In this epidural injection, the entry point for the needle is through the tail bone (caudal route). The catheter is inserted till the desired spinal level and medication is injected after confirmation under C-Arm.
This is done to reduce the pain generated from disc degeneration. This specific type of radiofrequency current is used to numb the nerves which cause pain from the intervertebral disc.
The ganglion impair is a nerve bundle located at the end of the coccyx i.e. tailbone. Injection around this ganglion can treat pain originating from the coccyx.
These are some types of Spinal Injections that help to give you pain relief. Along with these Doctor may suggest another procedure according to your Diagnosis.
Spinal injections are very easy and convenient to perform and can provide tremendous improvement in your chronic condition. These are minimally invasive and safe to use however a professional should be administering the entire process.
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