Injection Back Pain
Low back pain is the most common pain complaint in adults in the United States. Nearly every adult in the United States will, at some point in their life, experience low back pain.
Low back pain is frequently related to a spinal condition such as a herniated disc or an arthritic joint (facet joint), but may also be caused by a number of other conditions including sacroiliac dysfunction, muscular pain, trigger points, fibromyalgia, deconditioning, and neuromuscular diseases. Beyond this, a number of other medical conditions may cause low back pain including diseases of the aorta, pancreas, malignancies, and even heart disease.
Therefore, the evaluation and treatment of low back pain is a complex matter that requires careful medical evaluation including a medical history, musculoskeletal history, evaluation of social conditions that may impact upon the pain, and diagnostics including imaging.Critical to the evaluation of low back pain is a skilled musculoskeletal examination and neurological evaluation. Once the diagnosis is made then certain types of injections may be offered to the patient depending on the specific problem. Further, certain injections performed by the pain management specialist may provide additional diagnostic information.
Therefore, the injection may have both therapeutic and/or diagnostic benefit. Examples of injections for the low back include: Lumbar epidural steroid injections Caudal epidural steroid injections Lumbar and sacral selective nerve root blocks Facet joint injections Diagnostic medial branch blocks (to diagnoses lumbar facet pain) Sacroiliac joint injections Trigger point injections Many other treatment modalities are available for low back pain including chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture, spinal decompression, and medication management, to name a few. Ask your pain management professional at Comprehensive Pain Management about the many alternatives available for treating low back pain.
Facet Joint Injections
The facet joints, found on both sides of the back of the spine, can become painfully irritated or inflamed. A facet joint injection may help diagnose the source of a patient's pain. It can also relieve pain and inflammation.
Medial Branch Block
This is an injection of numbing medicine. It bathes the medial branch nerves, which attach to the facet joints of your spine. These nerves hurt when facet joints are injured or diseased. The injection helps find the source of your pain. And it may relieve your pain for a brief time.