What Are the 3 Most Common Injections Used to Treat Back Pain?

Back Pain can be a serious condition that can negatively impact your life. Your doctor may recommend key steps to help you get relief from back pain. The doctor will normally consider physical therapy, exercise, and medication as possible treatment options.

To ensure you get relief from back pain, your doctor might recommend some common injections to help reduce inflammation and pain. Because they contain a steroid injection and numbing medication, these injections can be a vital part of comprehensive pain management and treatment strategy. They can be used to treat inflammation and damage to nerves and spinal stenosis (a narrowed spine).

If you are dealing with chronic back pain, regardless of the cause, Carolina Spine and Pain Centers is ready to work with you to develop a treatment plan that results in pain relief. Call our office today to learn more about the most common injections for pain and other treatment options available to you.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are commonly administered around the spinal cord. They are effective for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica.

The Procedure

Your doctor will first anesthetize your skin with a local anesthetic to administer the epidural. Fluoroscopy is normally used to guide the needle containing steroid medicine(corticosteroid)into the nerve root- making the procedure easier and pain-free.

It is important to remember that epidural injections do not have a lasting effect. They provide temporary relief of pain. Your doctor might recommend that you return for more injections.

Nerve Root Injections

This injection is commonly used to treat backache. Doctors use both Lidocaine, an anti-inflammatory steroid, and Lidocaine to provide effective pain relief.

The Procedure

Your doctor will first determine the source of your back pain before administering nerve root injections. A local anesthetic will be administered before the nerve root injection after the source has been determined. To relieve pain, Lidocaine can be used to numb nerve roots.

The steroid that is used during the procedure helps to reduce inflammation and pain due to pressure on the nerve root.

Facet Joint Injections

Another common injection to relieve back pain is facet joint injections. This injection focuses on the facet joint located between each set of vertebrae.

The Procedure

Facet joint injections can be administered with the same local anesthetic as other injections. The doctor injects the local anesthetic directly into the facet joints. This is a quick procedure.

It takes about fifteen minutes to complete the procedure. However, it comes with immediate pain relief that lasts for a long time.

Potential Side Effects

These side effects for these types of injections could be described as (but not limited to):

  • Mild soreness around the injection site
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Contact Carolina Spine and Pain Centers Today to Learn More About Common Injections for Relief from Back Pain

If left untreated, back pain can become unbearable. It is important to seek immediate pain relief if you have back pain or any other pain. The team at Carolina Spine and Pain Centers has years of experience helping individuals dealing with pain find relief and be able to get back to a normal life. Our focus on minimally invasive procedures, like injections, means that you can get relief from your back pain without spending months rehabilitating after an invasive procedure/surgery.

Carolina Spine and Pain Centers is proud to help patients across South Carolina get the treatment they need. With 7 locations across the state, we likely have an office near you! Contact us today to schedule your physical evaluation with one of our skilled doctors!