The Importance of Pain Doctors and Injection Therapy
Injection therapy is a common form of pain relief designed to help alleviate back pain, neck pain and joint pain. A pain doctor’s overall goal of injection therapy as part of the pain management process is to alleviate pain enough that patients can comfortably engage in physical therapy exercises and complete daily tasks. Pain Recovery Center of Tyler specializes in numerous injection therapies, and our physicians are available to treat individuals living in Greater Tyler, Texas.
Common Causes of Pain
Pain is a bothersome sensation triggered by the nervous system in response to an injury or a chronic health condition. Pain affects individuals differently – some people experience a dull ache, a stabbing pain, shooting pain or a chronic pins-and-needles sensation. Depending on the cause of pain, individuals may experience pain in one specific area (ligament injury) or all over the body (flu).
Pain is diagnosed into several different categories depending on the cause. The most common causes of pain include:
- Acute pain- A rapid pain response to an injury such as a pulled muscle, stretched ligament or burn.
- Chronic pain- Long-lasting pain (over three months) that is typically associated with a chronic health condition rather than a sprain or strain.
- Referred pain- Pain that originates in one area and spreads to other parts of the body.
- Neuropathic pain- Pain caused by damage to the nervous system.
- Visceral pain- Pain caused by an issue with an internal organ.
- Cancer pain- Pain that spreads throughout the body from malignancy.
Injection Therapy Techniques for Pain Relief
Injection therapy is able to provide pain relief to countless individuals suffering from various causes of pain. The most commonly utilized pain management injections include:
- Cortisone and steroid injections- Cortisone and steroid injections are quite common for joint pain relief caused by osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, gout and muscle injuries.
- Epidural steroid injections- An epidural steroid injection is utilized to place anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space to decrease inflammation in the nerve roots.
- Trigger point injections- Trigger point injection therapy places an anesthetic, saline or corticosteroid into a patient’s trigger point (a sensitive, sore spot in a muscle).
- Medial branch blocks- Medial branch blocks are designed to provide an anesthetic on the medial branch nerve that feeds out from the facet joint and carries pain signals.
- Facet injections- Facet injections are performed by a pain doctor when the facet is the true cause of pain.
- Genicular nerve blocks– A form of injection therapy designed to alleviate chronic knee pain, typically caused by osteoarthritis. A form of radiofrequency (RF) energy is applied to the genicular nerve to provide knee pain relief.
If you live in Greater Tyler, Texas and would like more information on injection therapy as a form of pain relief, please contact the pain doctors at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler.