What are Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injections?
Diagnostic and therapeutic injections use fluoroscopically guided procedures, blocks, muscle and joint injections for the management of chronic pain conditions.
Types of Diagnostic Injections
Fluoroscopically guided procedures are image-guided injections using anti-inflammatory steroids and local anesthetic. Physicians use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) to ensure an accurate injection into the site of the pain.
Types of Therapeutic Injections
A trigger point is an injured part of the muscle such as a knot, pressure point, or tender area. This pain can be found in any muscle in the body, however is commonly found in the neck, shoulder, or back. Trigger point treatment involves the injection of local anesthetic into the site of the pain.
Joint injection is a procedure using a needle to inject local anesthetic into a joint. Healthcare providers inject a needle into the skin to inject medication.
Regenerative medicine utilizes the body’s natural healing properties to heal itself from the inside. Pain management physicians and specialists diagnose musculoskeletal injuries that can benefit from regenerative medicine. These types of therapy help heal long-term pain reducing the need for pain medications. This can help improve not only the patients physical pain, but the psychological effects of long-term pain medication use.
Joint aspiration is a procedure using a needle to remove fluid from a joint. Healthcare providers inject a needle into the skin to remove the fluid or inject pain relief medicine.
Blocks, or nerve blocks, are injections of local anesthetic into the nerves or groups of nerves to treat localized pain. The numbing anesthetic will temporarily relieve pain for about 14-24 hours. If long term pain relief is needed, the physician may insert a catheter to deliver the anesthetic slowly over a period of time.
Epidural Steroid Injections are temporary pain relief solutions performed by pain management healthcare providers using a local anesthetic, saline, and steroid.