Physicians treating back and neck pain use injections as both a diagnostic and therapeutic treatment tools. Injections are non-surgical options when medicine and physical therapy do not provide intended outcomes and can also help identify the exact source of pain.
Injections typically involve the use of an anti-inflammatory steroid to reduce swelling and a numbing agent to disrupt or block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain.
Also known as blocks for impeding nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, injections are usually outpatient procedures. While the patient is lying face down, a local anesthetic is applied to the injection site. Advanced imaging technology may be used to help guide the physician, depending on the type of injection.
There are several common injections for back pain:
Recovery from injections varies based on the condition treated. In general, rest from strenuous activities is recommended in the 24 hours following an injection. Patients should consult with their physicians regarding a return to normal activities and a physical therapy plan, if recommended.
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