Epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections may also be recommended to patients suffering from pain. Epidural steroid injections entail injecting a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic into the epidural space, which is the space surrounding the spinal cord. Facet joint injections entail injecting a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic into the facet joints of the spine. These injections help to reduce pain as the corticosteroid helps to reduce inflammation in the affected area, while the local anesthetic helps to numb the affected area.
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Surgery may be required for patients who suffer from pain that is unresponsive to conservative treatment options. Depending on the source of pain, different spinal surgical procedures may be recommended. Spinal fusion involves joining two vertebrae to each other by utilizing metal plates, screws, or cages. However, there is an increased risk of arthritis development in the adjoining vertebrae after this type of intervention. A discectomy involves removing part of the intervertebral disc that is believed to be causing a patient’s pain.
Pain felt in the back is a very common condition, experienced by many adults in the U.S. This type of pain can be acute or chronic in nature, and symptoms can vary in severity, ranging from mild to severe. This type of pain can be debilitating and can have a detrimental impact on a person’s personal and professional life.
There are a variety of effective treatment options available to pain sufferers, ranging from conservative treatment methods including analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to physical therapy, chiropractic care, biofeedback training, and acupuncture.
Additional treatment options include epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections. For patients who have pain that is unresponsive to conservative treatment options, surgery may be recommended.
Global Neuro & Spine Institute physicians are double and triple-board certified, fellowship trained, and remain on the cutting edge of technology. In our practice, we use the most advanced techniques and the highest standards to develop an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan for each of our patients. We are also very proud of our policy to place great importance on educating those we treat, while addressing any questions or concerns that may exist.
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