Benefits of Therapeutic Injections
Therapeutic Injections reduce numerous symptoms
Like prescription medications, therapeutic injections can treat pain that stems from many conditions and symptoms, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Facet joint syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
If you don’t see your condition on this list, don’t write off therapeutic injections just yet. These injections may also improve the symptoms of back pain, neck pain, joint pain, muscle knots, and nerve pain.
When pain becomes unbearable, some patients find that their chiropractic care or physical therapy treatments need an extra boost. These are often patients who are hesitant to try prescription medication or undergo surgery, but realize they need something fast and effective.
There are different types of injections for pain. Here are a few that our office provides:
- Spinal epidural injections for sciatica-induced pain in the legs and lower back
- Facet joint injections for pain and inflammation relief as well as diagnostic purposes
- Trigger point injections for knots of tense muscles that are difficult to contract or relax
- Joint injections for relief from inflammatory conditions such as bursitis, gout, and arthritis
The injections you choose will depend on your conditions and how their symptoms affect your life. Some patients request more than one type of injection.
Injections reduce pain in different ways. Sometimes, they block nerve signals while other times, injections reduce pain-causing inflammation or rely on a muscle-relaxing anesthetic.
When people think of pain, they may picture a visible wound, however, pain often stems from swelling and inflammation inside the body, even if there’s no visible physical injury. When swelling occurs, space in our bodies becomes tight, and nerves become compressed. This can result in pain, tingling, or numbness. It can even cause a loss of sensation in some areas of the body.
Therapeutic injections help reduce swelling by delivering anti-inflammatory agents directly to the affected joint or muscle. This helps decrease excess fluid and eliminate the production of pain-causing chemicals that stem from inflammation. Facet joint injections and other types of joint injections are common anti-inflammatory treatments, but epidural injections also help reduce swelling.
Long-term pain relief
When you take a prescription medication, you may experience relief right away, but it’s often short-lived. After a few hours, your pain returns, and you may also have nausea, dry mouth, or other unpleasant side effects from the medication.
That’s not the case with therapeutic injections. While it’s true that sometimes the results only last a few weeks, many patients experience decreased pain for months after their final visit. We’ve even had some reports of patients who are pain-free for more than a year after trying injections for therapeutic purposes.
You also have the option of returning for multiple injections over a period of time, such as a few weeks or months. This can help prevent pain from coming back quickly. Our medical team can help you figure out how many injections you need to enjoy little-to-no pain for as long as possible.
Health care providers often use injections for pain relief, but sometimes, injections also have diagnostic benefits. Facet point injections are a trusted diagnostic tool used by many medical professionals. When the numbing medicine makes its way into the treated joint, a patient may experience immediate relief. This helps a doctor determine whether pain originates from this joint or another one, making it easier to develop an effective treatment plan.
Facet points are the small joints that sit between the vertebra in your spine. They help your spine twist and bend rather than remaining rigid. Without facet joints, it would be difficult to perform many functions, such as walking, stretching, or lifting.
When facet joints become inflamed, they can cause pain in the neck or back, and limit movement. Facet joint injections treat this pain with local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications, so your body can return to its usual functions.
Overall treatment effectiveness
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to therapeutic injections. Some patients treat their pain with injections after other treatments fail while others enhance the effectiveness of other treatments by combining them with therapeutic injections.
Here are some other potential treatment options for patients who receive therapeutic injections:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- MLS laser therapy
- Micro-Vas therapy
- Heat therapy
- Spinal decompression
Sometimes, patients use injections as a last-ditch resort before requesting surgical procedures. Many of these patients find that therapeutic injections are strong enough to block pain, resulting in long-lasting relief from unpleasant symptoms.
If you are receiving other pain-management treatments or think you may in the future, let us know. We can share our records with your primary care physician and other health care providers so that you receive consistent, effective care no matter where you go.
Are Therapeutic Injections right for you?
When other pain management approaches don’t quite get the job done, consider therapeutic injections. Medication or other healing agents are distributed directly to the source, so you can enjoy immediate relief that lasts longer than many other nonsurgical treatments. The injections treat a number of common ailments, from back and neck pain to issues that stem from nerve compression. We treat patients with arthritis, sciatica, disc degeneration, and other common conditions known for their painful, persistent symptoms.