Steroid Injections

Steroid injections can help relieve low back pain by reducing inflammation, and help the doctor diagnose the source of pain. - Sacroiliac joint (SI) injection - is performed to study the sacroiliac joint as a source of pain and potentially treat it by the injection of anti-inflammatory agents.

- Intralaminar (lumbar/thoracic) ESI - Injects steroid medication into the spinal canal to reduce or eliminate inflammation, swelling, and sensitivity of neural tissue.

- Transforaminal ESI - Injects steroid medication to reduce or eliminate inflammation, swelling, and sensitivity of neural tissue due to any cause. The needle is inserted into the epidural space through the bony opening of the exiting nerve root on either the left or right side.

- Facet Injection - Injection performed using fluoroscopy guidance into the zygapophyseal (facet) joint, or onto the joint capsule, utilizing local anesthetic and steroid. Facet blocks are performed for the purpose of identifying if, and which, particular facet or group of facets cause pain generators.

The injection also applies an anti-inflammatory substance which can markedly treat, and occasionally eradicate, a patient’s pain.