An Overview of Injections for
Injections, commonly used in the cervical and lumbar spine, have been successful in both diagnosing and treating disc pain, nerve irritation, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Kenneth Fults and Dr. Janine Islam, pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, utilize several different types of injections for pain management. The proper injection is determined for Tyler, Texas patients after a thorough medical review and physical examination to determine the exact cause and location of pain.
What to Know About Pain Management Injections
Pain Recovery Center of Tyler proudly offers pain management injections to Tyler, Texas patients, including:
- Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections are a common treatment option for many forms of lumbar and cervical pain. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler may administer the potent anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and to ease pain. The steroids are typically injected directly into the epidural space, and pain relief begins in less than a week.
- Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are the tight bands of muscles that may be felt as a knot under the skin. Trigger points can restrict movement and cause muscle weakness in many patients. These injections involve injecting lidocaine and bupivacaine directly into the painful areas. The injections can also be used to help treat myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic tension headaches.
- Medial Branch Blocks
A medial branch block is an injection of anesthetic on the medial branch nerves that feed out from the facet joints and carry pain signals to the brain. In most cases, several layers of the spine are injected during one appointment. Blocking medial branch nerves temporarily stops the transmission of pain signals from the joints to the brain, leading to a reduction in pain.
- Intra-Articular Facet Injections
A facet block injection is commonly performed to alleviate pain in cases where the actual facet joint is the cause of pain. Facet injections are an effective pain management treatment option since they have a therapeutic effect as they numb the source of pain and soothe inflammation
- Genicular Neurotomy
Injection therapy has also been successful at treating pain in the knees and other joints in the body. Genicular Neurotomy is an innovative knee pain treatment designed to help alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis knee pain. This procedure involves no steroid or medicated injection, as well as no surgical intervention. The procedure utilizes Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) to stun the painful nerves and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. The result is less pain in patients who suffer from chronic knee pain.
For more resources on injection therapy as a pain management tool, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, proudly serving the greater Tyler, Texas area.