Joint Spine Pain Injections

What are Joint and Spine Pain Injections?

In Joint/Spine Pain Injections, cortisone medication is placed in the vicinity of the pain source, potentially diminishing the patient’s pain for months at a time. While these injections do not directly cure joint or spine problems, they do reduce pain and inflammation while the body naturally heals.

When is Joint/Spine Pain Injection Used?

Joint and Spine Pain Injections are used in a number of procedures including:

  • Epidural Injections: Steroids are delivered directly into the epidural space, between a membrane and the vertebral wall. These steroids inhibit the production of inflammatory substances that cause lumbar disc herniation and nerve root irritation.
  • Facet Joint Injection: Facet Joints are areas where adjacent vertebrates overlap each other. In this treatment, anesthetics are injected into joints, reducing the pain associated with back injuries or arthritis.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection: Steroid medications are injected into joints in the lower back or buttocks to reduce and identify the source of pain.
  • Selective Nerve Root Block: Fluoroscopy or live X-rays guide the injections of steroids or lidocaines (numbing agents) into the nerve root, which causes lower back or leg pain when inflamed or compressed.
  • Hip Injection: Anesthetics are delivered into the joint where the leg joins the pelvis, reducing and diagnosing the pain source.
  • Trigger Point Injections: Local anesthetics or steroids are injected into trigger points, areas of spasm or inflammation in skeletal muscle. Trigger point injections treat conditions such as fibromyalgia, a genetic chronic pain condition that is associated with stress, and myofascial pain syndrome.

What are the Risks and Benefits of Joint/Spine Pain Injections?

Join/Spine Pain Injections reduce pain and have shown to be very effective when paired with therapeutic treatment programs. While the effects of these injections are not permanent, the immediate relief allows patients to continue in the rehabilitation process. While infections remain a risk with any type of injection, only 1-2% of patients report minor infections. Other side effects such as bleeding, nerve damage, and dural puncture (spinal headaches) are even less frequent.