Is The Pain in Your Back Decreasing Your Quality of Life?
At Frisco Spine, our goal is to maximize your ability to function through muscle, tendon, nerve, and joint strengthening and protection. Surgical and non-surgical pain management and treatment options allow us the opportunity to carefully restore your mobility. Because we believe that every patient deserves to live a comfortable life, free of agonizing pain or paralyzing numbness, our spine specialists work to develop multi-disciplinary plans that are personalized for each patient’s needs and goals. Before recommending surgical treatment, our physicians will explore all of the more conservative options available that may be effective at relieving your symptoms. If you suffer from persistent pain in your neck, steroid injections are just one of the treatments that our Dallas area spine centers in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, and Carrollton offer to qualified patients.
Types of Steroid Injections
Steroid injections at our Dallas area center work by decreasing inflammation in a specific region of your body and calm the hyperactivity of your immune system. We offer a variety of steroid injections to our patients depending on their spine’s condition.
Tripper Point Injection – designed to treat muscle and tendon inflammation in your neck. This treatment is commonly used, especially when inflammation is easily detectable.
Set Injection – is an injection that is administered directly into your joint. This treatment is ideal in cases where an issue is easily detectable and targeted.
Epidural Injection – bathes the spinal cord with the steroid in hopes of reaching the problem. This treatment can be successful but it does not pinpoint the specific issue.
Selective Nerve Root Block – specifically targets the nerve that is causing pain or discomfort, such as a pinched nerve. Not only is this steroid therapeutic, but it is also diagnostic in the sense that it relieves pain but can also be used to determine which nerve is generating the symptoms. This form of steroid is one of the most directed and specific types of injections that we offer.
Cervical Discogram– when testing has proven that your discs are generating your pain, this form of steroid injection is used to test the structural integrity and stability of the disc.
Benefits of Steroid Injections
There are multiple benefits of having steroid injections administered by our talented Dallas specialists. Steroid injections:
- Are a non-surgical, symptom-relieving treatment
- Could prevent the need for surgery
- Can be safely used with other forms of treatment
- Are nearly painless
- Offer immediate symptom relief
- Produce long-lasting effects
- Reduce inflammation
- Preserve joint and muscle function
- Protect the structure of your joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves
- Don’t propose serious side effects
Commonly Asked Questions
Will I gain weight from getting steroid Injections?
Steroid injections will not make you gain weight. The type and quantity of the steroid is determined prior to treatment, taking into account your spine’s needs, medical history, and physical condition. Most commonly, women ask this question because they are afraid of side effects from steroids like puffiness, bloating, and weight gain. At Frisco Spine, we want you to feel comfortable and cared for. We believe that communication allows us to build a trusted, professional relationship with you. Prior to beginning treatment, our physicians will discuss with patients what to expect before, during, and after each procedure. At that time we ask that you communicate your concerns so we can thoroughly address your questions.
Will steroid injections cause my glucose level to be elevated?
If you are diabetic and worry about your glucose levels fluctuating following getting a steroid injection, we are reluctant to inform you that your glucose level will not elevate as a side effect from the treatment.
How are injections administered?
Our specially trained physicians are responsible for administering your steroid injection following a series of comprehensive x-rays and evaluations. You will remain awake and responsive during the duration of the procedure. Once the treatment area has been cleansed, the steroid will be injected into a specific location to relieve your pain. Our team will be communicating with you during you treatment to confirm your relief and ensure you remain comfortable. The procedure can last up to thirty minutes and it is important for you to allow you body to recover for a short time following the treatment.
Do steroid injections really work or do they simply mask the pain?
Steroid injections are effective at relieving pain. Our goal is to cure patients of whatever symptoms or conditions they have, which is why steroids are used as just one piece of the puzzle. Injections are just one critical component of the overall treatment plan. No matter what type of condition you suffer from, our friendly team will work diligently to provide you with the answers and solutions you have been searching for.
Learn More about Your Options
Contact our Dallas area spine centers to learn more about steroid injections and the other non-surgical options that may be right for you. We look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and providing you with the relief that you deserve!