What types of injections are used during interventional pain management?
The pain management specialists at Spinetech have extensive experience administering injections in or around the nerves sending your pain signals. They start by determining which nerves are responsible for your pain, then they perform an image-guided injection, often using real-time X-rays (fluoroscopy) to precisely place the needle at the targeted nerves.
These are only a few examples of injections used to relieve pain:
Your doctor at Spinetech may inject steroids into any area of the spine, including the facet joints, nerve roots, and the epidural space surrounding spinal nerves. As the steroids reach irritated nerves, they significantly diminish inflammation and provide pain relief that lasts several days to many months. A local anesthetic is often mixed with the steroids to immediately alleviate your pain.
Nerve root block
A nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic on or near the nerve causing your pain. The anesthetic stops the pain by blocking the nerve signals. In some cases, a nerve block may also contain a steroid for longer-lasting relief.
A nerve root block is the same type of injection, but it targets nerve roots in your spine. These bundles of nerves are found at each vertebra, where nerves enter and exit the spine. By injecting the nerve root, your doctor can target multiple nerves.