Spinal injections are one of the leading types of pain-relieving treatments that can minimize your need for daily medication or possibly back surgery. At Health Plus Wellness Center in Marietta, Georgia expert pain management physician Robert E. Windsor, MD, can get you started on a tailored spinal injection treatment plan and experience the pain relief you deserve, once and for all. Book your spinal injection evaluation by calling our office at 770-427-7387.
HOW DO SPINAL INJECTIONS WORK?
Spinal injections are an innovative way to target the source of pain: the nerve. But because of advancements in medicine, there are several different types of spinal injections available. Below are descriptions of some of the most common types and how they work.
Epidural injections are often used to treat acute nerve inflammation and sciatica. This type of spinal injection involves injecting an anesthetic or anti-inflammatory medication into your lower back near the problem nerve. The injection soothes the inflamed nerve and resolves pain quickly.
FACET OR SACROILIAC JOINT INJECTIONS:
Facet or sacroiliac joint injections are similar, just their location is different. Your facet joints are the small joints between each vertebra, while your sacroiliac joints are larger joints near your pelvic bones. This type of spinal injection involves injecting a solution of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications into your joint or numbing the nerves near the joint.
Nerve block treatments involve injecting botulinum toxins, anesthetic solutions, or steroids into joints. The effect of the nerve block medication desensitizes the nerve, which quickly helps to resolve the pain you experience.
ARE SPINAL INJECTIONS PAINFUL?
The team at Health Plus Wellness Center is dedicated to ensuring your spinal injection treatment is as comfortable and painless as possible. Most spinal injections are performed while you’re lying comfortably on your stomach or on your side.
Your practitioner numbs the targeted area with a topical solution or numbing injection (sometimes both). While you may feel some burning or an initial needle prick, these sensations wear off rather quickly. Aside from these minor side effects, you shouldn’t feel any serious discomfort.
HOW LONG DO SPINAL INJECTIONS LAST?
Spinal injections vary in how long their effects last. Epidural injections, for instance, are meant for short-term relief and can provide dramatic pain relief for several days.
Facet and sacroiliac joint injections, as well as nerve blocks, can provide relief for several weeks or months at a time. To experience optimal benefits for severe pain, your provider at Health Plus Wellness Center may even recommend a series of spinal injections.
Book your spinal injection appointment at Health Plus Wellness Center by calling 770-427-7387 and experience lasting pain relief starting with your first session!