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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:

  • Epidural steroid injection: A corticosteroid is injected into the epidural space of the spine to decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection: An injection in the SI joint is used to treat pain associated with inflammation, arthritis or muscle strains.
  • Intra transforaminal steroid injection: A steroid is injected from an angle in the back. A fluoroscopy contrast dye is used to identify the injection point.
  • Midline steroid injection: A steroid is injected into the center of the spine to cover, or blanket, the nerve roots.
  • Intra articular facet joint injection: A corticosteroid injection is made in the facet joint where the vertebrae connect or overlap.
  • Peripheral nerve blocks 

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:

  • Discography: An interventional diagnostic technique where a dye is injected into a tear in a disc. The dye helps identify the source of back pain.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: This procedure helps relieve chronic pain. The tip of a tiny probe is heated to ablate the nerve roots and tissues.
  • Spinal cord stimulation implants: An implantable electric system delivers tiny, electrical charges to reduce pain.
  • Interfecal 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


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The Spine Center is located at Medical Plaza - Clemmons: 

2341 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd.
Clemmons, NC 27012

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