Most spinal injections are performed as one part of a more comprehensive treatment program. Simultaneous treatment nearly always includes an exercise program to improve or maintain spinal mobility (stretching exercises) and stability (strengthening exercises).
Types of Spinal Injections in Orange & Beverly Hills
Epidural injections are used to treat pain that starts in the spine and radiates to an arm or leg. Arm or leg pain often occurs when a nerve is inflamed or compressed (“pinched nerve”).
Epidural injections involve injecting an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory medication, such as a steroid (cortisone), near the affected nerve. This reduces the inflammation and lessens or resolves the pain. This type of epidural injection is a therapeutic one.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joint injections can be done for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons.
These types of injections are often used when pain is caused by degenerative/arthritic conditions or injury. They are used to treat neck, middle back, or low back pain. The pain does not have to be exclusively limited to the midline spine, as these problems can cause pain to radiate into the shoulders, buttocks, or upper legs.
Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Sacroiliac joint (SI joint) injections are similar to facet joint injections in many ways. The SI joints are located between the sacrum and ilium (pelvic) bones.
A therapeutic injection will typically include a steroid medication, with the goal of providing longer pain relief.
Provocation diskography is a type of spine injection done only for diagnosis of pain. It does not have any pain relieving effect. In fact, it is designed to try to reproduce a person’s exact or typical pain. This is to find the source of longstanding back pain that does not improve with comprehensive, conservative treatment. It can severely aggravate the existing back pain.
How are spinal injections best used for pain treatment?
Spinal injections are used in two ways.
- They can be performed to diagnose the source of back, leg, neck, or arm pain (diagnostic).
- Spinal injections are used as a treatment to relieve pain (therapeutic).
We are here with you every step of the way!
The various types of injection therapies can be quite confusing for patients, which is why our Beverly Hills pain specialists arehere with you every step of the way to recovery. They will help you understand exactly how specific types of injections might help you and best fit for your wellness.