Injections for Pain Management
Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar ESI, Facet and MBNBs, Sacroiliac Joint,
Major/Minor Joints Trigger points, Botox for chronic migraines
Botox is a well known and FDA approved injection which may not always be known for the pain relief it can provide. While many associate Botox with visual appearances, the Mayo Clinic states Botox is “also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder, and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.” During this treatment, Botox is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents the activation of pain networks in the brain.
Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a procedure in which we inject steroid medication into the epidural space. The epidural space is located inside the bony spinal canal but outside the tube that holds the spinal fluid. When a steroid is put into the epidural space, it can reach the spinal discs and nerves, reducing inflammation and relieving pain. The goal of a cervical, thoracic or lumbar epidural steroid injection is to decrease the pain caused by one or more compressed or inflamed spinal nerves. The full effects of the steroid may take two days to two weeks to work and its lasting effects vary from person to person.
Sacroiliac Joint Injections
A sacroiliac joint injection is primarily used to diagnose or treat lower back pain and/or sciatica symptoms associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. During this procedure, a local anesthetic and steroid medication is injected into the sacroiliac joint to provide pain relief by reducing inflammation within the joint. If successful, this injection can reduce or eliminate pain for a longer duration and can be repeated up to three times per year in conjunction with other multimodal treatments to help the patient maintain normal function.
There are also a number of blocks we can inject for joint pain in major and minor joints, lumbar punctures for pain in various areas, and relief in nerve roots and all peripheral nerves. We are confident in the amount of relief we can provide with injections and blocks, to the degree that we frequently teach others these methods in order for their medical services to provide relief to members of their communities as well.
For more information about injection options for pain management and relief, contact Republic Pain Specialists today at 979-703-1426.
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