Pain Injections Q & A
What are pain injections?
Pain injections deliver medication directly to the part of your body causing pain. The team at Oklahoma Pain Physicians offers a variety of pain injections to alleviate pain. In some cases, a pain injection can help your doctor diagnose the cause of your pain.
Epidural injections deliver anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space in your spine, usually to reduce swelling and related nerve compression.
Sacroiliac joint injections
Your sacroiliac joint connects the bottom of your spine to your pelvis. A sacroiliac joint injection puts a steroid and a local anesthetic into the joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
There are several types of joint injection, including hyaluronic acid injections, steroid injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections. These shots reduce pain by relubricating your joints, reducing inflammation, and accelerating your healing process.
Botox injections can temporarily block the nerve signals that tell your brain that you’re in pain. Botox injections are often used to reduce migraines and temporomandibular joint pain, although your doctor can use them on other places on your body.
Peripheral nerve blocks
Peripheral nerve blocks are a type of anesthetic that stops a nerve from sending pain signals to your brain.
What conditions improve with pain injections?
The team at Oklahoma Pain Physicians incorporates pain injections into multidisciplinary treatment plans for a wide range of conditions, including:
Degenerative disc disease
Joint pain (eg., knee, hip)
If you are living with chronic pain, talk to the team at Oklahoma Pain Physicians about pain injections and if they’re an appropriate method to manage your pain.
What should I expect when I have a pain injection?
Your experience when getting a pain injection depends on the type of injection and where on your body you have it.
Your provider may need to use a special X-ray to ensure they place the needle into the correct location in your spine or joint. In many cases, they provide a local anesthetic at the injection site to help you stay comfortable.
Call Oklahoma Pain Physicians or request an appointment online today to learn more about pain injections and how they can alleviate your pain.