Injections are a non-surgical procedure where a patient is injected with a combination of anesthetic and steroid directly into the spine. The anesthetic serves to ease pain, while the steroid helps with inflammation. Two kinds of injections used to relieve pain and inflammation are Facet Joint Injections and Spinal Epidural Injections. Injections can act as a diagnostic tool by helping the physician determine if the area injected is the area causing pain. Injections may cause temporary or permanent effects, depending on the patient and his or her case.

Who needs this procedure?

If a degenerative spinal condition in a patient's spine is causing compression of spinal nerves, it can create acute or chronic pain, numbness, and weakness. Conservative treatments like injections are tried first to relieve the patient's symptoms before spine surgery is considered.

Epidural Steroid Injections

Following are the general steps involved in Epidural Steroid Injections:

Facet Joint Injections

Following are the general steps involved in Facet Joint Injections:

What happens after the injection?

Facet Joint Injections usually take only 10-15 minutes to complete, and Spinal Epidural Injections take 15 to 30 minutes. Following the procedure, the patient will be monitored for half an hour to an hour in the recovery room. The patient should have an adult drive them home following the procedure. The patient should also relax and avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours following the injection in order to allow the anti-inflammatory medication to take effect.

Note to patients

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.