Understanding Pain Management Injections

June 22, 2023 10:57 am Published by

Living with chronic pain can affect every aspect of your life. When pain begins interfering with daily activities, it’s time to find relief. There are non-surgical options to assist with not only pain relief but also diagnosing the source of your pain.   Understanding pain management injections can help improve your quality of life and get you back to doing what you love.

pain management specialist examining the spineGetting Relief

One of the ways a patient can get chronic pain relief is through minimally invasive techniques like diagnostic and therapeutic injections. These injections are administered precisely to the region of the body where you have pain. Injections have pain relieving and/or steroidal medications to help to reduce inflammation and block  pain receptors.

Patients can  feel relief within hours or it can take a few days to get the full pain relieving benefit. Many times injections are used in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation and therapy. These injections are also beneficial in diagnosing the source of your pain. By administering pain relieving medication to affected nerves, our physicians can  determine precisely where you hurt and treat most often without surgery.

Facet Joint Injections

When you have back pain, a facet joint injection might help. Your spine has many small bones to protect your spinal cord. Facet joints are small joints at each part of your spine, and if they could be causing the pain due to arthritis or an injury.

Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants will inject a numbing agent or steroid into the facet joint (sometimes both). This can decrease swelling and is a way to find out if a facet joint is the cause of the pain.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are a common option for patients experiencing lower back or neck pain. This pain management injection uses a  local anesthetic and steroid injected into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord and the nerve root. The steroid component helps calm inflammation and bathes the nerve in pain relieving medication.

This injection should improve mobility and is used mainly as part of other forms of therapy and rehabilitation.

Nerve Blocks

With nerve blocks, our pain management specialists  inject an anesthetic near certain nerves to interrupt pain signals to the brain. It helps to treat inflamed nerves, and there are different blocks for areas of the body like the face, upper jaw, neck and back, shoulders, and abdomen. These injections normally provide immediate relief.

Joint Injections

If you have sore knees, ankles, elbows or other painful joints interfering with your quality of life, you may be familiar with corticosteroid injections and this form of pain management injections. They aid in reducing inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. They also provide improved mobility and give you quick pain relief that can last for months.

Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injections

This injection procedure is performed to relieve pain caused by arthritis in the sacroiliac joint where the spine and hip bone meet. The steroid medication can reduce swelling and inflammation in the joint.

Schedule Your Pain Management Consultation in Huntsville, AL

If your life is spent dealing with chronic pain, schedule a consultation with Tennessee Vally Pain Consultants at our pain management clinic in Huntersville, AL. To learn more about how pain management injections can help you lead a more productive life, please call (256) 265-7246 to schedule your visit.

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