16 Nov Lasting Pain Relief with Injections
Chronic pain is defined as any pain lasting longer than 3 months at a time. Chronic pain and inflammation can be extremely debilitating, especially when it affects the neck, back, knees, shoulders and other joints.
Fortunately, pain medicine offers highly effective, non-surgical treatment for chronic pain patients, in the form of injections. Here is a look at the most common injection-based pain management options.
Trigger Point Injections
The neck and back muscles can often “knot” up and begin to spasm after an accident or injury. The trigger point injections help to relieve pain and muscle spasms almost instantly. This allows the patient to have better mobility, range of motion and reduces inflammation.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Injections consist of the patient’s own platelets and plasma. They promote healing and cell regrowth, there by alleviating pain, both in the short and long term.
Cortisone Injections are injected into an inflamed joint or area to prevent collagen production and inflammation in the joints. It is effective to treat all joint pain but especially useful in knee pain. As the cortisone starts to reduce the inflammation, the pain reduces as well.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections include steroids and anesthetics that are injected in the epidural space around the spinal cord. These injections are especially effective in treating chronic pain caused due to
- Degenerative Disc Disease,
- Herniated Disc
- Upper and Lower Back Pain
While the anesthetic instantly relieves pain, the steroids reduce inflammation to keep the pain away in the long term.