Injections, another treatment option, may provide immediate, long-lasting relief for musculoskeletal conditions. The Spine Center recognizes the value of utilizing injections to treat neck and back pain. Our patients have the option to select a comprehensive treatment program for their individual problem areas. Patients often benefit from injections because injections are excellent tools for diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions and related symptoms and are effective treatment options for neck, back, and spinal pain/discomfort.
The most common injections are:
- Epidural Injections – Medical professionals use these as diagnostic tools when pain begins in the spine and radiates down the arms or legs, with pinched nerves. Patients receive anesthetics, anti-inflammatory medications, and are carefully monitored. Epidural injections reduce inflammation and relieve or eliminate pain. However, additional treatments may be required.
- Facet Joint Injections – Physicians utilize such injections for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons, particularly for patients with degenerative and/or arthritic conditions or injuries. Since facet joints enable spinal movement, these injections provide neck, middle back, or lower back pain relief and may also provide neck and back pain management for the shoulders, buttocks, or upper legs. Such injections may require anesthetics and steroids for additional neck or back pain relief.
- Sacroiliac Joint (SI joint) Injections – Often used to diagnose and treat pain targeting the joints between the pelvis and the sacrum, these injections are given for pain in the lower back, buttocks and legs. They usually involve steroids and anesthetics. Medical professionals also use X-rays to ensure proper placement and safety.
- Provocation Diskography – These injections reproduce the actual pain and discomfort. Typically these injections are used if previous treatments were ineffective, if existing pain has worsened, or when a physician is exploring non invasive surgery as an alternative.
A typical course of injections often involves a regular exercise program, including both stretching and strengthening movements. This is crucial for maintaining and improving patients’ spinal mobility and stability. The Spine Center works closely with all its patients to identify an effective program of injections or other treatments. We invite you to call us at (407) 303-5452.
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