Injections Q & A
What is injection therapy?
Therapeutic spinal injections are a “single shot” treatment technique used to introduce fluids into injured or damaged tissue to relieve pain and support healing. They are delivered directly into the affected area as an alternative to oral pain medication that is absorbed by the whole body.
Some injections contain an anesthetic, a steroid, or both; these medications block localized pain and reduce inflammation. When delivered as a series of consecutive treatments, they can lead to permanent pain relief.
Other injections contain growth factors harvested from your own body or from a donor. These growth factors can promote tissue regeneration and enhance the natural healing process, in addition to relieving pain.
Which conditions can injections address?
Injection therapy can alleviate or resolve a wide range of spine diseases and conditions associated with nerve root compression and pervasive pain, such as:
Upper or lower back pain
Degenerative disc disease
Spinal injury, such as whiplash
To determine which type of injections are right for your condition, the team at Legacy Brain & Spine will perform a comprehensive evaluation. This includes a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a diagnostic test such as X-rays or an MRI
What types of injections are available?
At Legacy Brain & Spine, our physicians performs several types of injections, including:
Epidural steroid injections (EPIs)
Epidural steroid injections deliver anesthetics and corticosteroids into the epidural space between the vertebrae and the dura sac encasing the spinal cord and nerves. These injections can address pain caused by damage, compression, or inflammation of the nerves that emerge from your spine and travel out to your arms or legs.
Each vertebra of the spine has four joints, any one of which can be a source of pain. Joint injections deliver an anesthetic directly into these joint structures to relieve such pain. These injections also help your doctor determine the exact location of your injury for an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your pain.
Regenerative injections provide platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and stem cell-based therapy. PRP therapy uses growth factors contained in your own blood platelets, which, after being centrifuged and separated from a sample of drawn blood, are reinjected into the affected area to enhance cellular renewal, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation.
Stem cell therapy on the other hand leverages the unique way that stem cells can transform into other types of cells to stimulate tissue regrowth and repair. Stem cell-based regenerative injections may use stem cells derived from your bone marrow or from your adipose (fat) tissue.
Your Legacy Brain & Spine treating physician will evaluate which regenerative injection procedure is appropriate for you and walk you through its function, mechanism of action, and expected outcome.
Injection therapy offers safe, targeted, and effective treatment for pain without surgery or continuous reliance on pain medications. To find long-lasting relief for your back or neck pain, call or book online to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled specialists.