04 Jul Using Injections to Treat Pain
When many people think of injections, they imagine vaccinations. However, shots do more than preventing illness. The medical community, including the team at Integrated Pain Consultants, is also increasingly using injections to help diagnose and treat pain in some regions of the body. Many doctors and pain specialists use injections such as epidurals, medial branch blocks and sympathetic blocks to help patients manage chronic pain. If painkillers have done little to relieve your pain, it’s time to ask your doctor about the various types of pain relief injections available. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Injections for Diagnosing Pain
Some types of injections have the ability to determine the source of the pain. For example, if an anesthetic such as medial branch block is inserted into a facet joint and the patient feels immediate pain relief, then that joint is considered to be the source of pain.
Injections for Relieving Pain
There are many types of pain relief available in injection form. Epidurals and facet joint blocks contain steroids to reduce inflammation in the affected area. For those with sciatica or lower back pain, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections work well to relieve both pain and inflammation.
For neck pain, doctors often use an injection called a selective nerve root block. The doctor uses an X-ray to guide the needle near the irritated nerves. The injection contains both a sedative and a steroid so that the patient feels no pain as the needle is inserted.
Get Pain Relief from Scottsdale Pain Management Expert Dr. Nikesh Seth
If oral medications haven’t worked to relieve your pain, perhaps it’s time to move on the injections. Scottsdale pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth has successfully used injections and other treatments to help treat even chronic pain. Book your appointment online and start the healing process – (480) 626-2552.