injections and pain management procedures are ordered for diagnosis
and/or therapeutic treatment of pain in all areas of the spine (lumbar,
thoracic and cervical), as well as joints (shoulder, hip, wrist, etc.)
Your doctor may also request that you receive a CT exam in conjunction
with these procedures.
|Epidural steroid injections provide diagnostic data and pain relief by delivering local anesthetic (numbing medication) and anti-inflammatory steroid medications into the spinal area on the surface of the spinal column. This procedure may reduce inflammation, resulting in long-term pain relief, and can provide valuable information on the source of your pain.|
block is an injection into the sheath surrounding a nerve root in
the spine to decrease your pain temporarily and to define it more
precisely. The exam uses therapeutic steroid and local anesthetic
(numbing medication) to decrease pain and inflammation. Pain relief from
the procedure varies from minimal to long-term, depending on the
You must have symptoms present for this procedure to be effective. If you are not experiencing symptoms prior to your procedure, please cancel your appointment and reschedule the exam once your symptoms have returned.
nerve injections are diagnostic procedures that identify the source
of irritation in the nerves that run along the outer edge of the facet
joints within the spine. If multiple levels of pain exist within the
facets, several injections may be required on different days to pinpoint
the pain source in each location.
By anesthetizing these nerves, the physician can determine whether the nerve irritation should be treated with medication or by radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy. Pain relief varies for each patient ranging from short-term to long-term relief.