Spinal Injections Animation
Spinal injections are a pain management treatment that may be recommended to reduce or relieve your back pain. There are several types of injecitons; this short animation will give you details on some types of spinal injections.
For more detailed information and articles on injections, you should visit SpineUniverse's Spinal Injection page after you watch this animation. There, you'll find links to articles on specific types of spinal injections. If your doctor has suggested a certain injection, you'll be able to read up on the procedure (in articles written and reviewed by spine experts and specialists).
What Is a Spinal Injection?
First things first: the basics on spinal injections. For severe and/or chronic back pain, you may need to have medication injected directly into the painful part of your spine.
For example, say that you had spinal stenosis in your lower back. Your doctor determines that it is at a specific level: in between the second and third lumbar vertebrae (in doctor-speak, that would be L2-L3). He or she may suggest you have an epidural steroid injection at L2-L3. That would inject strong corticosteroids at that level, which may help reduce inflammation and pain.
Diagnostic Spinal Injections
In some instances, you may be given a diagnostic spinal injection. This can help your doctor determine where exactly your pain is coming from.
For example, if he or she is not sure if it's coming for L1-L2 or L2-L3, you may be given an injection at one of those levels. If your pain does not go away, that is a clue that that particular level is not the pain-generating level.
Why Are Spinal Injections Prescribed?
An important note to keep in mind with spinal injections is that they are not the only solution to your pain. Often, patients are prescribed spinal injections along with physical therapy. If the spinal injection is successful and gives you some pain relief, then you can actively work on treating the underlying cause of your pain during that pain-free period.