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5 Spinal Injections Every Back Pain Sufferer Should Know About

5 Spinal Injections Every Back Pain Sufferer Should Know About

Back pain might begin mild and can continue to come and go over time. For many people, it gradually worsens and can even reach a point where it prevents you from going to work or doing much inside or outside your home. 

Whether your back pain comes from an injury, overuse, or a chronic condition like arthritis, Colorado Clinic can identify its source and get you on track to the treatment you need. Our interventional pain management specialist, Charles Sisson, MD, can guide you through your spinal injection options at our Colorado Springs or Greeley, Colorado office. 

If you suffer back pain on a regular basis, it might be time to level-up your care with one of the following spinal injections:

1. Epidural injections

You’ve probably heard of epidural injections in the context of childbirth. These injections go into the fatty epidural space surrounding and insulating your spinal cord and contain anti-inflammatory steroids to reduce swelling. 

The steroid reduces inflammation around a nerve root, which takes the pressure off of it. This is a highly effective way to alleviate pain or numbness that radiates from your back to your arms or legs. However, it’s not typically the first choice for back pain that appears suddenly. 

2. Facet joint injections

Facet joint injections contain anti-inflammatory steroids along with local anesthesia for some immediate pain relief. With X-ray guidance, your physician delivers these injections into facet joints along the back of your spine between your vertebrae. 

If facet joint injections effectively alleviate your pain, your provider considers several possible next steps to give you more permanent pain relief. Radiofrequency ablation, for example, burns the targeted nerve ending to stop it from transmitting pain signals. 

3. Sacroiliac joint injections

Sacroiliac joint injections specifically treat low back pain and nerve pain in your buttocks and hips. Typically, these symptoms appear on just one side of your body instead of both.

Using an X-ray to guide the needle, your provider injects local anesthesia and steroids into the joint between your tailbone and pelvic bone.

4. Discography

Discography is a spinal injection used for diagnostic purposes only. While it won’t resolve your back pain, it offers insight into whether or not you’ll benefit from spinal surgery and which spinal surgery is the best choice for your pain. 

Also, unlike other spinal injections, discography works by adding volume to one of your spinal discs. The discs in your spine provide cushioning between vertebrae. Using this technique, your provider can locate the nerve at the source of your pain and decide how to proceed with treatment. 

5. Nerve blocks

Nerve blocks offer complete yet temporary pain relief for your back. Your provider distinguishes the nerve at the source of your pain and injects a numbing medicine such as lidocaine around that nerve to numb it entirely. While a nerve block’s effects wear off after a few hours, it can make physical therapy and rehabilitation more tolerable for you comfort-wise.

Schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Colorado Clinic today to find out which spinal injection can relieve your back pain or lead to more effective treatment. 

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