What Are Injections for Pain?

Do you need injections for pain? The pain management procedure requires the insertion of injections with image guidance. These procedures help you in pain relief and the goal is to bring you back to normal life. Pain injections are a perfect option for those who have chronic neck and back pain but are afraid of surgeries. Injections can help find the source of pain and provide relief. With the help of injections, the doctor can administer medications directly into the affected location of pain and provide relief when ordinary medicines don’t work.

What are injections for pain?

When a steroid or pain reliever medication goes into the affected area, it numbs the pain and reduces inflammation. It also creates a heat lesion on the nerve that transmits pain and prevents it from sending signals of pain to the brain. Some of the injections that help in relieving pain and inflammation in various body parts are as follows:

Spinal Injections for Treating Pain

spinal injections for painThe use of spinal injection is to diagnose and treat low back pain. The goal of the diagnostic injection is to find if the medication provides relief to your pain. Diagnosis injections provide temporary relief, usually just for a few hours and injections for treatment can provide long-lasting relief. You can few common spinal injections below:

1.     Selective Nerve Root Block:

These are the most common spinal injections. Your doctor can give you this injection if a damaged nerve root is causing leg or back pain. A nerve root serves the complete body and is a collection of nerves. When the nerve root gets compressed and irritated, it may result in leg pain. The technical name of this condition is radiculopathy and most people call it sciatica.

2.     Lumbar Facet Joint Nerve Blocks:

If the doctor suspects that your pain is heading from the joints at the back of your spine, he or she will probably recommend you facet injection. The facet joint is commonly responsible for adding integrity to the spine by allowing excessive movement. These joints are present at each side on each vertebral level and are quite small.

Neck and Back Injections for Treating Pain

When neck or back pain does not go away, your doctor will recommend you exercise and physical therapy. If the pain remains, the doctor will include injections in your treatment to ease your back and neck pain and inflammation. These injections contain steroids or numbing medicines. Common injections that doctors use to give you relief are:

1.     Epidural Injections:

Doctors deposit this medication or typically steroids in the epidural space inside the spine. It provides temporary or lasting relief. To place the needle in the right place for a better treatment, doctors use imaging guidance. Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink a few hours before getting the injection.

2.     Selective Nerve Root Block Injections:

When doctors have to treat a spinal nerve separately, these injections are their first option. Rather than releasing medication right onto the nerve, the injection covers the area around it. . It is a long-lasting steroid. These injections are a great help in reducing pain or inflammation resulting from pressure on the nerve.

3.     Medial Branch Blocks:

It helps deposit medication around the medial branches of the spinal cord. The medial branch sends a pain signal to the brain from an arthritic facet joint. It is a type of nerve. These medial branches help relieve neck or headaches stemming from the neck.

4.     Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections:

These injections primarily help in diagnose or treat low back pain. The sacroiliac joints connect the sacrum with the hip on both sides and are present next to the spine.

Knee Injections for Treating Pain

1.     Corticosteroid Injections:

These steroids are similar to cortisol, which is a hormone that your body naturally produces. It helps to reduce inflammation.  These injections are effective if injected directly in the knee.

2.     Hyaluronic Injections:

Hyaluronic acid helps to provide lubrication and coats your cartilage to reduce friction when knee joints move. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, you might be missing this lubricating substance and feel pain and inflammation. This injection introduces hyaluronic acid directly into your knee and reduces pain.


If you are suffering from pain and inflammation, give a call at 646-862-5555 or book an appointment with our Pain Management Doctor. Our doctor, Dr. Mathew Grimm is an expert in treating all kinds of pain.

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