Neck and back pains can become a source of discomfort, interrupting your daily routine. You may face some serious trouble in small activities like sitting, standing, or even walking. Back pains may grow down to arms or legs and may lead a person to disability.
Your neck and back muscles may strain because of a poor posture – especially when you are in front of a screen. Sometimes the pain gets better with time, but chronic pains may be excruciating. Doctor visits for pain management are common worldwide.
You may relieve the pain with exercise, over-the-counter pain relievers, therapies, or oral medications. However, your doctor may give you a shot to ease your pain and inflammation.
How do Injections Help?
Injecting shots is a non-surgical treatment. Injections may treat your acute or chronic spinal pain, providing relief. Doctors use injections for diagnosis as well as treatment purposes.
The doctors inject the suspected area with numbing drugs, such as anesthesia. If the patient experiences pain relief, it confirms that the specific joint, or part is the pain source.
Compared to oral medications, injections may provide instant relief in your inflammatory or damaged nerve. Injections also help in case of spinal stenosis –narrowing of the spine.
Common Pain Injections
For treating neck and back pains, doctors generally use therapeutic injections. The pain may stem from a facet joint, a spinal nerve, or an intervertebral disc. Here are some common pain reliever injections.
· Epidural Steroid Injections
The injections contain corticosteroid; a common steroid; and a numbing drug. The shots help to reduce inflammation.
For Back Pain: The doctor injects the medicine in the epidural space – the area around the spinal cord.
For Neck Pain: The doctor injects the shot in the facet joint located in the cervical spine bones or neck muscles.
· Selective Nerve Block Injections
Selective nerve blocks numb a specific spinal nerve. The doctors mostly inject lidocaine (common anesthesia) around the targeted nerve. The numbness provides instant relief from the pain and lasts for several hours.
· Medial Branch Nerve Blocks
The physician deposits the medicine around medial spinal nerve branches. Medial branch nerve is responsible for sending pain signals from the arthritic facet joints to the brain. Medial branch nerve blocks can provide instant relief from neck pain. They may also comfort and ease the headaches stemmed from the neck.
Nerve blocking injections also serve as diagnostic injections sometimes. The doctors inject the shots to identify the root cause of back pain. Discography helps the physician to outline the best treatment. He may inject both a steroid and anesthetic drug in the epidural space of your spine or may choose another option.
· Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections
There are two sacroiliac joints in our lower back on either side of the spine. These joints connect our lower spine and pelvis. A pain may stem from the lower back advancing to the buttock region. The pain triggers when inflammation of SI joint occurs. Sacroiliac joints injections provide relief for several months.
Some of the injections provide instant relief, while some become effective in a week or two. Depending upon the type of shot you have received, you may need to rest. Your doctor may ask you to limit your physical activity. The above mentioned and other injections help to strengthen your muscular system.
Pain injections can help with acute and chronic Spinal and musculoskeletal pains. With proper pain management, you can prevent surgical intervention. Contact us today and book an appointment with Spine New York City for your spinal treatment.
Matthew Grimm, MD