At Tarpon Orthopedics, we can perform a wide variety of pain injections. Chances are that no matter where your pain is or what is causing it, we have a way to treat it. Keep in mind, however, that these injections are only a treatment for pain; they do not cure pain.
The main goal of pain injections is to minimize your pain so you can get around, go to work, be active, and do whatever it is you need to do. Pain injections can make it possible for you to participate in physical therapy programs that would otherwise be too painful to tolerate.
We have a highly trained staff and team of pain medicine doctors who are experts at administering epidural injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections, and trigger point injections. We also offer limb and bursal injections, peripheral joint injections, and Botox® injections for pain. The injected medication usually consists of an anesthetic to relax the area and relieve pain. A steroid medication is sometimes included in the injection.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections are used to treat cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pain. An epidural delivers a carefully controlled steroid dose directly to the affected area of the spine. This can help eliminate inflammation that may be irritating the nerve root and causing stiffness and discomfort. The injection site is numbed during the procedure. Most patients notice a substantial decrease in pain for weeks or months after the injection.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joint injections are used to reduce inflammation in the space between vertebrae, known as the facet joints. Facet joints are located on the top and bottom of each vertebra. Facet injections can help relieve pain in your neck, low back, and legs. The injection contains a corticosteroid and anesthetic medication. Facet injections can also be used for diagnostic purposes to determine if the cause of your pain is actually coming from your facet joint.
Sacroiliac Joint Injections
Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections relieve pain caused by inflammation in the low back and buttocks. The SI joint is located where the lumbosacral spine joins the pelvis. The injection contains a steroid to reduce inflammation.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections relax the muscle and relieve pain by treating a trigger point, which is a small area in a muscle that is very sensitive to touch or pressure. Trigger points may feel tender, hard, or twitch when you touch them. They most frequently occur in the neck, back, and shoulders. Trigger point injections are considered the most effective way to inactivate a trigger point for prompt symptom relief.
What to Expect
Pain injections are short outpatient procedures. The procedure is performed under X-ray guidance to help the physician safely deliver the medication to the right place in your spine. You will be monitored for a short time after the injection, and you will need to have someone drive you home. Plan to relax for the next 24 hours. You should notice a decrease in pain within 2 or 3 days. If the first injection does not relieve your pain after a week or two, your doctor may recommend you have another injection.
If you have joint pain but have not tried a pain management injection, call Tarpon Orthopedics to find out if this treatment would be right for you. One of our knowledgeable and friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation with a pain specialist in Plano or Addison, Texas.