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Back Pain Injections

Nov 28, 2019
HARVARD TRAINED PAIN DOCTORS | VOTED #1 PAIN CENTER | PAIN TREATMENT SPECIALISTS

A 2010 report by the Global Burden of Disease found that lower back pain was the leading cause of disabilities across the globe. Approximately 50% of all Americans suffer from back pain every year and approximately 80% of all Americans experience back pain at least once in a year.

These statistics highlight just how prevalent back pain issues are and how important it is to seek back pain treatment. Some of the most common symptoms of back pain include muscle spasms, stabbing pains, sciatica pain, extreme pain while walking or bending, weakness, and back pain accompanied by fever.

When it comes to back pain treatment, you must avoid surgical and narcotic treatments completely. This is because surgeries are complicated, risky, and have a relatively low success rate. And narcotic treatments don’t address the underlying root cause of back pain — they only provide short-term relief and can even lead to addiction. In fact, over-reliance on opioid management has thrown the US into an opioid crisis.

The best way to treat back pain is to first identify the root cause of back pain and then proceed to minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. This can be tricky because back pain can be caused by various factors like herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and spinal deformity.

When you visit an interventional pain specialist for back pain treatment, they’ll first diagnose the root cause of back pain using a variety of physical tests, lab tests, and imaging tests like CT scans, ultrasound, MRIs, and X-rays. Once the doctor identifies the root cause of back pain, they’ll proceed to the treatment.

While there are a lot of potential minimally invasive back pain treatments available, the best and most convenient options are back pain injections. In this article, we give you a detailed overview of the best back pain injections available.

Epidural Injection

An Epidural Injection, also known as a Corticosteroid, is a minimally invasive treatment for back pain. It can reduce inflammation caused by diseases like spinal stenosis or disc herniation. During this procedure, a medicine is injected into the epidural space, i.e., the fat-filled area between the bone and the protective sac. This procedure can provide back pain relief for several months or even years.

During the procedure, the back pain doctor first applies anesthesia to your skin to numb the region. The doctor may also provide a mild sedative — such as a Valium — to minimize discomfort. The epidural needle is injected into the epidural space under fluоrоѕсорe guidance. Once the medicine is delivered to the inflamed nerves, it will reduce inflammation and you’ll experience immediate pain relief. The whole procedure will only take 15 to 30 minutes.

Side Effects of Epidural Injection

An epidural injection is an extremely safe procedure and there’s a negligible risk of side effects. At most, you may experience some anxiety, headaches, sleeplessness, slight fever, weight gain, or short-term decrease in immunity. In extremely rare cases, you may experience bleeding or infection — however, you can minimize the possibility of this by visiting a reputable pain treatment clinic.

Advantages of Epidural Injection

The following are the primary advantages of an epidural injection procedure:

  • Extremely effective and provides immediate relief.
  • Outpatient procedure so you can resume your daily activities immediately.
  • It causes minimal pain or discomfort because of the local anesthetic and sedative.
  • Cortisone immediately reduces inflammation.
  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical.
  • Concludes within 30 minutes.

Disadvantages of Epidural Injection

In rare cases, cortisone epidural injection may weaken the tendons and cartilage. However, you should only get this done by an extremely experienced board-certified pain specialist to minimize risks.

If you’re searching for a “back doctor in NYC” or are unsure of what type of doctor do I see for back pain, look for pain doctors that offer back pain treatments in NYC that do not resort to surgery or narcotics to treat chronic pain.

Sacroiliac Joint Injection

Sacroiliac Joint Injection, also known as a Lumbar Facet Joint Injection, is a minimally invasive procedure in which a local anesthetic is injected around the nerves of the sacroiliac joint or the joints located on each side of the lower vertebrae. This procedure is generally used for those suffering from chronic back pain due to arthritis or those who have mechanical lower back pain.

During the procedure, the back pain doctor will have you lie down on your abdomen and then clean your back with an antiseptic soap. The anesthetic needle is inserted along the facet joint nerves under X-ray guidance. The anesthetic fluid will be delivered to all the affected joint nerves. This will provide immediate pain relief.

Side Effects of Sacroiliac Joint Injection

This is a completely safe procedure but you may experience some bleeding, infection, or nerve injury in extremely rare situations. In some cases, you may experience some numbness for a few hours. You can minimize the risk of complications by consulting the best pain specialist.

Advantages of Sacroiliac Joint Injection

The following are the best advantages of a sacroiliac joint injection:

  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical.
  • You experience minimal pain because of the anesthetic.
  • It can help diagnose the root cause of back pain.
  • Concludes within an hour.
  • Works immediately.
  • It’s an outpatient procedure with no downtime.

Disadvantages of Sacroiliac Joint Injection

This procedure will only work if your back pain is caused by facet joint arthritis. Furthermore, it’s not a permanent solution and the pain will return after a few months.

Schedule an Appointment for Back Pain Treatment Today

Pain Treatment Specialists is one of the best back pain treatment clinics with some of the finest interventional pain doctors in the country. They’ll diagnose the root cause of your back pain and then curate a treatment plan specifically suited to your needs. They also have a perfect track record with their patients and can help you avoid all complications and side effects of the procedures. For more information, please schedule an appointment for back pain treatment today.

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George Hanna MD

Director of Pain Management | Double Board Certified


Pain Management
Anesthesiology

Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. George Hanna is a nationally recognized pain management specialist and double Board Certified in anesthesiology and pain management medicine.
Dr. Hanna is currently available at Pain Treatment Specialists in Manhattan and Clifton, NJ.

Namrata Khimani MD

DOUBLE BOARD CERTIFIED | NEW YORK PAIN Specialist


Pain Management
Venous Medicine

Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Columbia: NY Presbyterian Hospital


Dr. Namrata Khimani is a leader in the field of pain medicine. She is one of a select number of physicians who have passed the rigorous certification process to become a nationally recognized pain specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Born and raised in New York, Dr. Khimani earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and went on to graduate from Harvard Medical School with honors.

Michael Nguyen MD

TRIPLE Board CERTIFIED | NEW YORK & NEW JERSEY pain specialist


Pain Management
Venous Medicine
Aesthetics

Harvard Medical School
Brigham & Women’s Hospital


Dr. Michael Nguyen is world renowned in Pain Medicine. Dr. Michael completed his residency and advanced Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Michael was awarded the “Mentor of the Year” and also “Teacher of the Year” award. After graduating, Dr. Michael taught for two years at Harvard – training new graduates on the latest modern advances in interventional pain management for multiple pain ailments.

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George
Hanna MD

Double Board Certified
Director of Pain Management
Harvard Medical School
Dr. George Hanna is a nationally recognized pain management specialist and Double Board Certified in anesthesiology and pain management medicine. Dr. Hanna is currently available at Pain Treatment Specialists in Manhattan. He is now accepting most major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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Namrata
Khimani MD

Double Board Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of pain medicine. She is one of a select number of physicians who have passed the rigorous certification process to become a nationally recognized pain specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Board Certified
Harvard Medical SChool
Dr. Michael Nguyen is world renowned in Pain Medicine. Dr. Nguyen completed his residency and advanced Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Nguyen was awarded the “Mentor of the Year” and also “Teacher of the Year” award. After finishing at Harvard, Dr. Michael Nguyen taught for two years at Harvard – training new graduates on the latest modern advances in interventional pain management for multiple pain ailments.
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