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Injections can be prescribed for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. Some problems can be solved with a steroid injection. Other problems may need a specific nerve block to confirm the pain generator so that the appropriate therapy can be initiated.
We offer a wide range of options and work to create a plan that is best for you and your specific situation.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An Epidural Steroid Injection is the placement of a very strong anti-inflammatory medication (similar to cortisone) and a local anesthetic (like Novocain) close to injured nerves as they exit the spine where they become pinched or irritated.
The injected steroid medication helps to reduce the swelling of nerves and surrounding tissue, stop the release of painful chemicals, and promote healing.
Medial Branch Block
A Medial Branch Nerve Block is an injection of local anesthetic outside the facet joint near the tiny, but very painful nerves that supply the joint.
This block is an essential diagnostic test to prove where your pain is coming from. Two of these tests are required by most insurances. If the tests are successful, there is revolutionary procedure called Radiofrequency Neuroablation which has given thousands of patients years of pain relief. This is the best treatment to come along in years.
This is simply the best treatment option for most arthritic type back pain. The pain relief usually lasts for years. Radiofrequency Neuroablation uses an electrical current to heat up the injection needle tip, which essentially melts the very tiny pain nerve so it can no longer send pain transmissions to your brain.
Platelets are the components of your blood best known for blood clotting. Platelets also contain hundreds of
proteins called growth factors, which are important for healing of injuries. PRP is the separation of those platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood, which results in a high concentration of platelets within the plasma, hence, platelet-rich plasma. PRP attracts healing cells to tendon tissues that have deteriorated.
Trigger Point Injection
This procedure is designed to reduce and relieve back pain caused by trigger points. A trigger point is a tight painful “knot” of muscle fiber. It can form where a muscle is strained or injured. The knot can sometimes be felt under the skin. A trigger point is very tender to the touch. Pain may also spread to other parts of the affected muscle. Muscles around a knee, shoulder blade, or other bones are prone to trigger points. This is because these muscles are more likely to be injured.