For patients who have chronic pain, the need to find relief can become overwhelming. If you’re finding that initial treatment approaches aren’t working for you, Bart Gatz, MD, and the team at American Interventional Pain Institute in Greenacres, Florida, offer pain-relieving injections that can help. Dr. Gatz is a distinguished pain specialist providing a variety of injectable treatments that effectively reduce pain and inflammation. Request a consultation online or by phone today to learn more.
Why are injections used in pain management?
Injections are useful for delivering pain relief, as well as making a diagnosis in some cases. For example, using nerve blocks helps to pinpoint the precise origin of your pain when it isn’t clear from diagnostic imaging tests alone. However, the same type of injection can also relieve chronic pain.
As well as injecting anesthetics to numb pain and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, injections also play a part in the use of more advanced forms of chronic pain management, such as radiofrequency ablation and spinal cord stimulation (SCS), which uses electrical signals to reduce pain.
What is radiofrequency rhizotomy?
Radiofrequency rhizotomy decreases or eliminates pain from nerve damage. It can also help with some kinds of chronic pain. This treatment is nonsurgical, and it can be an excellent solution if you've tried conservative pain management without finding sufficient relief.
In this procedure, your American Interventional Pain Institute provider uses radiofrequency energy to generate controlled heat in the damaged parts of your nerves. This stops communication of pain signals from your spine to your brain, and can therefore end your pain.
What types of nerve block injections are used to treat pain?
Nerve blocks usually contain a combined anesthetic and corticosteroid, and are one of the most frequently used forms of injection, as they provide effective temporary relief from pain. Other common injections include:
Facet joint injections
Facet joints are the small joints lining each vertebra. Facet joint injections help to reduce pain immediately, and the effects are usually extremely long-lasting.
Epidurals are one of the most well-known types of injections for back and lower body pain and are particularly useful for pain caused by damaged nerves or inflammation.
Trigger point injections
Trigger point injections target areas of knotted muscle that remain so tight that you can feel them under the skin. Trigger points irritate the nerves, causing referred pain that injections can help reduce.
Caudal steroid injections target the lowest part of the epidural space in your back, and help to relieve pain caused by sciatica, herniated discs, or bone spurs.
Sympathetic nerve block
A sympathetic nerve block affects the sympathetic nerves, which control the involuntary functions in your body that you don’t have to think about.
Stellate ganglion block
A stellate ganglion block is a type of sympathetic nerve block. The stellate ganglion is a bundle of nerves that are often involved in head, neck, arm, or chest pain.
Celiac plexus injections
The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves surrounding the main artery in your abdomen, so celiac plexus injections can help if you have chronic abdominal pain.
Botox® and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks
For chronic head pain and migraines, medical Botox and sphenopalatine ganglion blocks help reduce pain signals coming from the trigeminal nerve in your head.
To find out more about the options available and how they can help with your chronic pain condition, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.