What is Injection Therapy?
Many people suffer from back pain. Conservative treatments like stretching and over the counter medications can help relieve minor back pain symptoms. The pain subsides after a few days or weeks and you can slowly return to your normal life. But for those suffering from chronic back pain conservative treatments may not be enough.
When back pain is chronic injection therapy may be a solution. Therapeutic injections can be considered a treatment method in pain management. Individuals suffering from back pain should consult with a pain management specialist to determine if injection therapy is an effective treatment method. After experiencing prolonged back pain, you may find relief with injection therapy.
Symptoms of back pain
- Shooting pain
- Burning pain
- Radiating pain
- Decreased mobility
- Painful muscle spasms
These symptoms may be significantly improved with therapeutic pain management injections.
Injections target the pain location directly, delivering the medication to the region generating pain. Spinal injections may provide individuals with relief for months or even years. People can return to enjoying their day to day lives without being limited by back pain.
There are many types of back pain that can be treated successfully with injection therapy. Back pain can be a result of injury or damage to the spinal nerves. The intensity of the pain may fluctuate but never fully subside. The intricate structure of the spine can make it difficult for the brain to identify precisely its pain source. However, the brain still recognizes pain signals and the body reacts.
Some injections can be used diagnostically to determine the exact source of pain while also administering medicine. Other injections can be utilized to manage and mitigate back pain.
Back pain injections can also be an ideal treatment for those unwilling or unable to have more invasive treatments like surgery.
Types of injection Therapy for back pain:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- Medial Branch Nerve Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablations
- Trigger Point Injections
- Sacroiliac Joint Injections
- Regenerative Therapy Injections
Depending on the location and nature of your back pain a pain specialist can determine the most beneficial injection for you.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI’s) are the most commonly used injection therapy for back pain. They are injections delivered with anesthetic and a steroid in the epidural region of the back. The inflamed nerves in the epidural space are able to be treated with the ESI, reducing swelling and the pain.