If you suffer from chronic back and neck pain, it is probably affecting your quality of life. Back and neck pain can make it difficult to engage in the activities that you love, whether it be playing sports, bending over to pick up your child, or gardening. It can also affect your ability to focus at work, school, and at home. At Frisco Spine, we offer a range of effective treatments for back and neck pain. Texas patients can visit one of our spine centers in Frisco, Carrollton, McKinney, Denton, or Paris to undergo diagnostic testing and treatment for back and neck pain.
Types of Injections
If your condition has not improved with medication and physical therapy, injection treatment may be used to diagnose and treat your back and neck pain. We use injections that contain anesthesia, steroids, or a combination of anesthesia and steroids.
- Anesthesia: Anesthesia injections are intended to temporarily treat the pain that results from back and neck pain. These injections contain a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, which offer short-term pain relief. Anesthetic injections may be used to determine the source of your back or neck pain. The numbing agent can be injected into specific areas of the back; when the injection effectively treats the pain, we can more accurately diagnose your condition. Anesthesia injections also allow patients to participate in physical therapy exercises that strengthen the back and neck.
- Steroids: While anesthesia injections are used to relieve pain, steroid injections are used to temporarily reduce inflammation around the joints and nerves. As the medication takes effect, back and neck pain gradually fades. Although the steroid injections can work for several weeks to a few months, the treatment may need to be repeated.
- Combination Injections: We often use combination injections, which contain a local anesthetic and steroids, to treat back and neck pain. The anesthetic offers immediate pain relief for patients, while the steroid medication is longer-acting.
We offer the following injection treatments for back and neck pain.
- Epidural steroid injections: Epidural steroid injections contain a local anesthetic and corticosteroids. The medication is injected into the epidural space, the area around the spinal cord and nerve roots, to reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Selective nerve root injections: Selective nerve root injections contain a local anesthetic or a combination of a local anesthetic and steroids. In the majority of cases, these injections are used to find the source of nerve root pain. In some patients, selective nerve root injections can be used in the treatment of lower back and leg pain.
- Sacroiliac joint injections: Sacroiliac joint injections are used to diagnose or treat lower back pain caused by problems with the sacroiliac joints, which are located between the sacrum (tailbone) and ilium (hip bone). These injections contain a combination of a local anesthetic and steroids.
- Facet joint injections: Facet joint injections contain a local anesthetic, steroids, or a combination of anesthesia and steroids. These injections are used for diagnostic and pain relief purposes in the treatment of facet joint disorders; the facet joints are located in the spine between the vertebrae.
We offer effective non-surgical spine treatment in Frisco, Carrollton, McKinney, Denton, and Paris. To schedule an appointment to undergo diagnostic testing or treatment for your back and neck pain, contact Frisco Spine today.