Spine injections precisely target nerves or spinal joints, giving you pain relief that lasts from weeks to a year, depending on the type of injection. At The Sprintz Center, pain management specialists Kenneth Wu, MD, Thomas White, MD, and Yoann Millet, MD, have extensive experience performing safe and effective spine injections that relieve acute and chronic pain. Call the office in Shenandoah, Texas, or schedule an appointment online today to learn if you’re a candidate for this treatment.
Spine injections serve two purposes: They diagnose the source of your pain and deliver medications that ease your symptoms.
To perform a diagnostic procedure, The Sprintz Center team injects a local anesthetic into a specific area of your spine. If you experience quick pain relief, the injection verifies they’ve targeted the nerves responsible for your pain.
To relieve your pain, the team gives you a therapeutic injection containing an anesthetic and steroids. The anesthetic provides you immediate but short-lived pain relief. Steroids reduce inflammation, giving you long-lasting results that typically last several weeks to months.
The Sprintz Center has years of experience giving several types of spine injections, including:
Epidural steroid injections relieve neck, back, arm, shoulder, and leg pain caused by compressed and inflamed spinal nerves. Spine conditions causing this type of pain include spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease.
Your provider places the injection in the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord. The medications surround the inflamed nerves as they flow through the area.
Facet joints connect the vertebrae in your spine. When a facet joint becomes inflamed, often due to arthritis, you may need an injection placed directly into the joint.
This spine injection also alleviates pain caused by arthritis or other problems in a facet joint. However, instead of targeting the joint, The Sprintz Center team injects an anesthetic at the medial nerves carrying pain signals from the joint to your brain.
If your medial branch nerve block works, you’re a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation.
The Sprintz Center team performs radiofrequency ablation using a specialized needle that sends radio waves into the medial nerve. Heat from the radiofrequency energy injures the nerve, and the resulting wound stops pain signals from traveling through the nerve. Though each person has different results, many get pain relief that lasts up to a year.
Your provider injects an anesthetic to numb the injection site. Then they use real-time X-ray imaging called fluoroscopy to view your spine and guide the injection.
After precisely placing the needle, your provider first injects a dye that highlights the area and verifies the needle is in the proper location. Then they inject the medications or send radio waves through the needle.
To learn if a spine injection can ease your pain, call The Sprintz Center or schedule an appointment online today.