How Injections Can Help Relieve Back Pain

Nearly one in ten adults suffer chronic back pain in the United States. There are a number of potential treatments for this debilitating condition, with one of them being back pain injections. You may be considering this method and perhaps have questions about how it works.

Carolina Spine & Pain’s board-certified pain management doctors are dedicated to successfully addressing the pain you experience. Here, we explore injections for back pain and how they may improve your life.

What Are Back Injections and How Do They Manage Pain?

Back pain can be more than a minor inconvenience. It can become so severe that it interrupts daily activities, such as work, and makes life less enjoyable. Oral medications can offer some relief, but it is usually temporary. This is where injections can make a significant improvement in a patient’s condition and overall well-being.

Epidural steroid injections are a common method of treating a patient’s back pain. The medication is injected into the area your doctor identifies as the source of the pain. Once administered, the medication will relieve back pain for a considerable amount of time.

These injections are designed to treat damage to the nerves in a patient’s back that are causing pain. They can also manage inflammation, another common cause of back pain. Patients often prefer injections to other methods, such as surgery, because they are much less invasive. They are effective, safe, and offer long-term treatment to alleviate the patient’s discomfort and suffering.

Injuries or Conditions That May Be Treated With Injections

Injections are used to deliver medication into the body, and can therefore help with various types of conditions. Besides back pain, these are some examples of what injections can treat:

You should consider injections if you’ve been diagnosed with any of these. Your physician will thoroughly review the condition or disease you’re suffering from. Then, we will determine the type of injection that will best address it.

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What Kinds of Injections Does Carolina Spine & Pain Offer?

Every individual experiences pain differently and to different degrees. While some back pain facilities offer a one-size-fits-all approach, we customize our treatments to the patient’s exact needs. Part of that approach is offering a wide range of injections, including:

  • Joint injections to reduce inflammation and improve joint functionality
  • Non-invasive sympathetic nerve block injections to relieve sciatica, shingles, and peripheral neuropathic pain
  • Sacroiliac steroid injections to relieve leg and/or back pain
  • Caudal steroid injections which combine anesthesia and steroids to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Medial branch block injections, which are minimally invasive procedures to relieve facet joint syndrome and other conditions
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections which combine steroid and anesthetic medications
  • Brachial plexus block injections that treat pain in the arms and shoulders
  • Facet joint injection to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the spinal facet joints
  • Occipital nerve blocks for nerves at the back of the head, just above the neck
  • Epidural steroid injections which treat inflammatory conditions such as leg, neck, and arm pain
  • Trigger point injections to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Peripheral nerve blocks to help patients suffering from headaches, neuropathy, and other conditions
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy (RFA) which uses electric heat waves to reduce pain and heat nerve tissue
  • Vertebroplasty, a minimally invasive procedure for patients dealing with painful spinal compression fractures

Learn More About the Benefits of Back Pain Injections at Our Greenville Facility

Are you or a loved one tired of dealing with chronic back pain? It’s time to explore the safe, proven pain relief that is offered by injections. To learn more about how we can treat your condition, reach out to Carolina Spine & Pain today.