Injections for back pain

Back pain is a condition that has affected 90 percent of Americans at some point in their life. While some back pain results from a simple injury or sprain and can heal by itself, other causes of back pain, like a degenerative spine condition, can become severe and result in debilitating pain. If you have chronic (lasting more than three months) back pain, you should see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. One method that many physicians use for treatment is direct injections to the spine. Injections for back pain are used as a diagnostic tool to identify the source of back pain and also as a pain management treatment.

Injections for back pain offer patients a fairly conservative approach to chronic back pain management. While injections are somewhat invasive, they can be more effective than oral medications since injected medication is delivered directly to the affected area. Certain injections can also provide physicians with crucial information about the exact location of where your pain originates. Some examples of injections your physician may use include:

  • Spinal joint block
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve block
  • Facet rhizotomy
  • Soft tissue

If you’re experiencing a full range of back pain symptoms like numbing, tingling or weakness in the extremities, consult with your physician immediately. He or she can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and recommend a back pain treatment, which not only could include injections but pain medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods as well.

In some cases, patients may not respond to conservative treatment. If injections and other conservative treatment have done little to relieve your back pain and your physician has recommended surgery, you should determine the least invasive, yet effective, surgical treatment possible. Currently, the least invasive form of spine surgery is minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, to treat degenerative spine conditions. We offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures with shorter recovery periods^ and lower risks of complication than traditional open spine surgery.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped more than 75,000 patients receive pain relief from their spinal conditions. Contact us today to learn more about our state-of-the-art procedures and for a review of your MRI report or CT scan to determine your candidacy.