Pain Management Strategies
Board Certified Anesthesiologist & Board Certified in Pain Management and Addiction Medicine located in Boca Raton, FL
If you still suffer from pain despite conventional treatment, injections that target the source of the problem can provide significant relief. Melanie Rosenblatt, MD, at Pain Management Strategies in Boca Raton and Deerfield Beach, Florida, specializes in interventional pain procedures such as spine and joint injections that help patients get the pain relief they need. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for pain-relieving injections, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Injections Q & A
What is interventional pain management?
Interventional procedures relieve pain that persists despite conventional medical treatments. Rather than using medications that go through your bloodstream and may or may not alleviate your pain, interventional techniques target the source of your pain directly.
Dr. Rosenblatt determines the nerves responsible for your pain, then administers an injection that delivers medication directly to those nerves.
What types of pain are treated with injections?
Injections are primarily used to reduce inflammation caused by many types of injuries and disease. Pain diminishes as inflammation goes down. Virtually every joint can benefit from injections, but some of the most common are facet joints in the spine, knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, neck, and hand joints.
What injections might I receive to alleviate pain?
Injections are one of the primary interventional pain relief techniques. Dr. Rosenblatt works with you to develop an individualized treatment strategy, choosing from numerous types of pain-relieving injections. The types of injections available include:
Epidural steroid injections
Dr. Rosenblatt injects steroids in the epidural area that surrounds nerves in your spine, which allows the medication to bathe a cluster of nerves and reduce their inflammation. Depending on the part of your spine targeted, an epidural steroid injection can relieve shoulder, neck, arm, back, and leg pain associated with conditions such as sciatica, spinal stenosis, and disc degeneration.
A nerve block is similar to an epidural injection except that it targets a specific nerve root. These injections usually contain anesthesia for immediate pain relief and a steroid for longer-lasting results. The condition treated depends on which nerves are targeted.
For example, a nerve block that targets a cluster of sympathetic nerve cells in your lower spine can relieve chronic leg pain caused by conditions such as vascular insufficiency and complex regional pain syndrome.
Like a nerve block, joint injections usually contain a steroid and an anesthetic. Joint injections are often used to treat the inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. Patients with knee osteoarthritis can also obtain pain relief with hyaluronic acid injections that restore joint lubrication.
The standard medical treatments used to treat chronic pain provide minimal or short-term relief, but you don’t need to suffer from ongoing pain when options like injections are available, and there are even other types of injections available in addition to the ones listed above. Call Pain Management Strategies or schedule an appointment online today to learn whether an injection can provide pain relief and restore your quality of life.