The amount of pain relief derived from spinal injections varies from temporary to long lasting.
Although a variety of medications are used, spinal injections are broadly categorized according to what type of tissue, body system, or location receives the shot. Below are 4 common types of spinal injections.
Epidurals are used for pain due to common conditions such as degenerative disk disease.
An epidural involves injecting a steroid into the epidural space, where the very sensitive nerve roots are located. The medicine then travels to other levels of the spine, reducing inflammation and clearing out inflammation-causing substances as it goes.
3. Nerve Block InjectionsNerve blocks are often used to diagnose the exact cause of back or neck pain. They are also used to treat low back pain. Nerve blocks are used when back pain is caused by nerves. The injection is done in the exact location of the nerve root. In addition to diagnosing the problem, the nerve block reduces inflammation around the nerve root.
- reduce pain
- reduce inflammation
- relax muscles
- increase range of motion