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Injections for spine conditions are a crucial component of pain management for those with various spine issues. These injections involve the delivery of medication directly into specific areas of the spine to provide relief from pain, inflammation, and other symptoms associated with spinal conditions.

What Types of Injections Are There?

There are several types of injections utilized in treating spine conditions, each targeting a different issue:

  • Epidural steroid injections: These injections deliver corticosteroids into the epidural space around the spinal cord to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain caused by conditions such as herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
  • Facet joint injections: Facet joints, located in the spine, can cause pain due to arthritis or injury. These injections target these joints, delivering medication to relieve pain and inflammation.
  • Sacroiliac joint injections: These injections deliver medication into the sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which can be a source of lower back pain or pain in the buttocks.
  • Nerve root block: A nerve root block involves injecting medication near a spinal nerve root to manage pain caused by irritation or inflammation of the nerve.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: Also known as rhizotomy, this involves using heat generated from radiofrequency waves to cauterize nerves causing pain, providing longer-term relief.

What Conditions Do Injections Treat?

Injections are commonly used to treat a range of conditions, including:

How Do Injections Work?

Injections typically involve the injection of a combination of corticosteroids and a local anesthetic. Corticosteroids help in reducing inflammation, thereby alleviating pain, while the anesthetic provides rapid relief The medications are carefully injected into the affected area of the spine using imaging guidance for precision. Some injections, like radiofrequency ablation, disrupt pain signals by ablating specific nerves, offering more long-term pain relief.

Injections are valuable tools used by Dr. Jamie Gottlieb and his team in managing back pain and related symptoms. They provide targeted relief, addressing the source of pain or inflammation, thus enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals dealing with spine-related ailments.

You should consult with a spine doctor to determine the most appropriate type of injection for you. Schedule a consultation at Gottlieb Spine today to learn more about the potential benefits of injections in managing your spinal health.

Types of Spinal Injections for Pain Relief

Updated on Jun 27, 2024 by Dr. Jamie Gottlieb (Orthopedic Spine Surgeon) of Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over two decades of experience treating chronic and degenerative spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis and ongoing neck and lower back pain. Dr. Gottlieb prioritizes building strong relationships with his patients, understanding their medical history and goals, and ensuring personalized treatment. Emphasizing non-surgical solutions whenever possible, Dr. Gottlieb is also well-versed in traditional, minimally invasive, and motion preservation surgery techniques.

Dr. Gottlieb earned his medical degree from Cornell University and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Gottlieb went on to gain experience as a spine surgeon and an emergency response physician at hospitals and emergency care centers in Fort Worth and Dallas. He also served as a research associate at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego and has continued to publish his findings in respected publications.

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Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb
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Irving, TX 75038
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