Injections for Pain Management
Chronic pain is a symptom that may occur with a wide variety of conditions: arthritis, migraine, CRPS, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, plantar fasciitis, degenerative disc disease – there are many, many conditions and diseases that are accompanied by chronic pain.
It is estimated that over 100 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and that number continues to grow. For those who suffer from chronic pain, treatment options include alternative therapies like chiropractic care; prescription and over-the-counter medications; and interventional pain management procedures, including injections.
These injections are minimally invasive and may be used both diagnostically and therapeutically. They usually consist of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid – the local anesthetic provides quick, temporary pain relief, while the corticosteroid works to provide long-term results. If being used diagnostically, steroid injections are administered where the pain management doctor believes the patient’s pain to be originating from. If the patient receives relief from the injection, the pain management doctor may recommend a more permanent procedure to continue the relief of symptoms.
If used therapeutically, these injections are administered at the site of pain, and the patient should begin to feel pain relief within a few days, if not immediately. Injections may be given as a series to further improve pain symptoms and increase mobility and function.
These injections are usually used for chronic pain conditions that are nerve related. Degenerative disc disease is one example of this type of condition, as the disc of the spine begins to push outward, putting pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord. This pressure can cause pain to be referred into other areas of the body, including the buttocks and legs. Once the steroid injection is given, the irritated and inflamed nerve is calmed by the local anesthetic and steroid, and provides relief from pain.
Specialty Surgical Center is located in Sparta, New Jersey and our staff consists of board certified surgeons and anesthesiologists performing procedures in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Spinal Care, Podiatry, Urology, Pain Management, ENT, Hand Surgery, Lithotripsy, Brachytherapy, GYN and Laser Surgery.
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