Spinal injections can be a valuable alternative to undergoing more invasive procedures when you have persistent back or neck pain. If your condition isn't improving using conservative approaches, board-certified neurologist Mirza Baig, MD, of NeuroCare Partners in The Woodlands, Texas, can help. Dr. Baig and his team use advanced imaging technology to deliver facet injections and transforaminal epidural steroid injections for the relief of back and neck pain. Find out how you could benefit from their expertise by calling NeuroCare Partners or using the online booking tool today.
Spinal injections are a treatment for back and neck pain. The aim of spinal injections is to reduce inflammation and decrease pain levels that with many types of spinal conditions can be long-lasting. Spinal injections can often delay or eliminate the need for spine surgery.
There are two major types of spinal injections in use at NeuroCare Partners:
Facet joints are behind your vertebrae. They control the direction of spinal movement and the extent you can bend your spine and may become painful if you develop conditions like facet joint arthritis. A facet injection places medication around the painful facet joints.
These injections typically benefit around 60% of patients, and some people experience long-lasting symptom relief. As well as reducing pain, facet injections can help with diagnosis by pinpointing the exact section of your spine where your pain originates.
A herniated disc can compress the nerves exiting your spinal cord, causing nerve inflammation and symptoms like leg pain that are typical of sciatica. A transforaminal epidural steroid injection places medications around the inflamed nerve.
Symptom relief may last from hours to months or even years.
NeuroCare Partners uses a combination of Bupivacaine (a local anesthetic) and Betamethasone (a steroid) for both injections. Bupivacaine provides early pain relief, but the effects are short-term.
Betamethasone works in a different way. It reduces the inflammation and swelling that cause pain rather than masking pain as the anesthetic does. It could take from four hours to a week for you to start feeling the effects of the steroid.
Spinal injections are in-office procedures at NeuroCare Partners. You lie on your front and have a local anesthetic injection to keep you comfortable before your provider inserts the spinal needle.
To ensure the needle goes to exactly the right location, your provider uses a special type of X-ray technology called fluoroscopy. This provides a moving image of where the needle is going for guidance.
After your spinal injection, it's not uncommon for your pain to worsen in the first few days. However, this should wear off and continue to improve as the medications take effect.
To find out how spinal injections could relieve your chronic back or neck pain, call NeuroCare Partners today or book an appointment online.