Spinal Pain Management – Non-Invasive & Invasive
Non-Invasive treatment for back & neck pain may include one or more of the following:
- Activity modification – bed rest, job restrictions, exercise
- Medications – analgesics, steroids, muscle relaxants
- Referral for Chiropractic Services
- Referral for Physical Therapy
Invasive techniques include the following types of injection therapy:
- Epidural Steroid Injection – The injection of steroid medication into the spinal canal in order to decrease inflammation and pain in the area of pinched nerves, ruptured discs, or bone spurs
- Trigger Point Injection – The injection of local anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medication into muscles to relieve tight, achy muscles.
- Facet injections – The injection of steroid medications into the joints between the vertebrae.
- Selective Nerve Blocks – The injections of local anesthetics and/or steroid medication in the vicinity of nerves in order to decrease pain from an area of the body. These can be therapeutic or diagnostic.
Injections won’t stop all low back and leg pain, but they can reduce pain and break the pain cycle. This cycle may begin when back pain makes it difficult to perform everyday activities. A decrease in movement can then slow down healing. By getting you more active again, the injection can help speed your recovery. Some individuals may feel more relief from an injection than others. And some individuals may need more than one injection to get relief.