Florida Transforaminal Injections
If you have suffered from lower back or leg pain, such as sciatica, for more than a month with no relief, you are likely at your wit’s end. If conservative treatments have failed, it may be time to take a new approach.
For some Florida patients, transforaminal injections could provide much-needed relief. The injection reduces inflammation and swelling in spinal nerve roots which may prove responsible for your discomfort. Florida transforaminal injections can transformational, as they allow you to move freely again without pain. Speak with a qualified back pain doctor about your treatment options
What is a Transforaminal Injection?
In a transforaminal injection, a long-acting corticosteroid pain reliever and a local anesthetic are injected into the foramen, the area at the side of the spine where nerve roots exit. This procedure is also known as a root sleeve block.
Injection Procedures and Recovery
After receiving an intravenous medication for relaxing, the patient lies face down, and the doctor inserts a needle into their back. The doctor then uses a contrasting dye to identify the exact nerve root causing pain and deliver the injection. After the needle is removed, the area is cleaned and a small bandage is placed on the injection site.
The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. Patients may go home the same day, but they must arrange for someone to drive them. While they should rest immediately after the procedure, most people can resume their normal activities the next day and go to work if their job is not physically strenuous.
The anesthetic in the injection causes immediate pain relief, but that will likely wear off in a few hours. It usually takes a few days or a week for the corticosteroid medication to start working and offer long-term pain relief. For many patients, pain relief lasts for months after a transforaminal injection.
If the pain does not subside within 10 days of the injection, contact the doctor. Some patients may require a second transforaminal injection two weeks after the initial injection, but they are limited to three such injections in a six-month period.
Side Effects and Contraindications
A transforaminal injection is generally a very safe procedure, but there are risks and potential side effects with any injection treatment. Rarely, bleeding or infection may occur. Temporary side can include weakness, numbness, headache or dizziness. Patients may feel soreness at the injection site for a day or two, but ice packs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen or ibuprofen should relieve symptoms.
Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or active infections should not undergo transforaminal injections. Patients on blood-thinning medications must stop their use at least a week prior to their appointment. In some cases, the use of the corticosteroid may result in weight gain or water retention.
Ask a Florida Doctor About Transforaminal Injections
If you suffer from long-lasting back or leg pain, you may be a Florida transforaminal injections candidate. Call today or get in touch online to arrange a consultation and discuss your treatment options with a knowledgeable spinal doctor.