Interventional Spine Therapy in North Carolina
While sciatica, pinched nerves, arthritis or other spine
problems can impact your physical health, persistent back pain can also affect
your daily activities and emotional well-being. We have a variety of nonsurgical
techniques, including targeted nerve blocks, injections and medications, to
quickly and effectively reduce your pain and discomfort.
Injections for Back Pain
Our interventional spine physicians use a variety of
steroids and anti-inflammatory injections to decrease swelling, aching and
pressure in the back. Injections are performed with a local anesthetic to numb
the area, so that patients are comfortable. Injections include:
steroid injection: A corticosteroid is injected into the epidural space of the
spine to decrease pain and inflammation.
(SI) joint injection: An injection in the SI joint is used to treat pain
associated with inflammation, arthritis or muscle strains.
transforaminal steroid injection: A steroid is injected from an angle in the
back. A fluoroscopy contrast dye is used to identify the injection point.
steroid injection: A steroid is injected into the center of the spine to cover,
or blanket, the nerve roots.
articular facet joint injection: A corticosteroid injection is made in the
facet joint where the vertebrae connect or overlap.
While the frequency of injections varies, most patients
receive a routine series of three injections every one to two weeks until the
pain lessens and resolves. Physical therapy is often performed
in combination with injections to provide the best healing results. We also
offer several diagnostic procedures for back pain:
An interventional diagnostic technique where a dye is injected into a tear in a
disc. The dye helps identify the source of back pain.
ablation: This procedure helps relieve chronic pain. The tip of a tiny probe is
heated to ablate the nerve roots and tissues.
cord stimulation implants: An implantable electric system delivers tiny,
electrical charges to reduce pain.
medication pumps for pain management
Medications for Back Pain
Pain is often caused by muscle spasms in the back or neck.
Medications like muscle relaxants, painkillers, anti-inflammatory steroids or
over-the-counter pain relievers are often prescribed to manage and relieve
chronic or lasting pain. Our physicians will work closely to identify the most
effective medication for you.
If medication, injections or physical therapy are not
effective, spine surgery may be recommended as a treatment option.
Request an appointment online with a spine specialist at Wake Forest Baptist Health.