Understanding Pain Management Injections

Living with chronic pain is a daily adventure. One day it’s your knee, and the next day it could be your lower back that is bothering you. Roll the dice. When pain becomes a major part of your life, you need some relief. Understanding pain management injections could help improve your quality of life and get you back to doing what you love.

Woman receiving pain management injections.

Getting Relief

One of the ways a patient can get chronic pain relief is through minimally invasive techniques like pain management injections. They are given directly into the area of the body where you have pain. These steroid or pain relieving medications help to reduce inflammation and numb your pain receptors.

You can feel relief within hours or it can take a few days to get the full effect. Many times injections are used in conjunction with other forms of rehabilitation and therapy.

Facet Joint Injections

When you have back pain, a facet joint injection might help. Your spine has many small bones to protect your spinal cord. Facet joints are small joints at each part of your spine, and if they could be causing the pain due to arthritis or an injury.

Palm Beach Pain Institute will inject a numbing agent or steroid into the facet joint (sometimes both). This can decrease swelling and is a way to find out if a facet joint is the cause of the pain.

Epidural Steroid Injections

This is a common option for those with lower back pain. This pain management injection is a local anesthetic and steroid injected into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord and the nerve root.

This injection should improve mobility and is used mainly as part of other forms of therapy and rehabilitation.

Nerve Blocks

With nerve blocks, Palm Beach Pain Institute injects an anesthetic near certain nerves to interrupt pain signals to the brain. It helps to treat inflamed nerves, and there are different blocks for areas of the body like the face, upper jaw, neck and back, shoulders, and abdomen. These injections normally provide immediate relief.

Joint Injections

If you have sore knees, ankles, elbows or other painful joints interfering with your quality of life, you may be familiar with corticosteroid injections and this form of pain management injections. They aid in reducing inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. They also provide improved mobility and give you quick pain relief that can last for months.

If your life is spent dealing with chronic pain, schedule an appointment with Palm Beach Pain Institute in Palm Beach, FL about how pain management injections can help you lead a more productive life. Call (561) 499-7020 to schedule a visit.


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