Spinal Injection Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

Sometimes pain in your back, legs, arms, or neck doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like over-the-counter medications and physical therapy. At their six offices throughout North and South Carolina, the specialists at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer spinal injections to help restore mobility and provide relief from pain. Call one of the six offices or book an appointment online to learn more about spinal injections.

Spinal Injection Q & A

What are spinal injections?

Spinal injections may be an element of your comprehensive treatment program to reduce pain caused by nerve inflammation. The doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain may also use spinal injections to help diagnose the source of your pain.

How are spinal injections administered?

Prior to the injection, you lie face down on an exam table and are given a topical numbing cream, and possibly light sedation. Your doctor uses a fluoroscope, a special type of X-ray that translates ultrasound images, to help confirm the injection site, precisely targeting the inflamed nerves.

You may feel a pinch and slight-to-moderate pressure during the injection, but the procedure is quick and well-tolerated by most patients.

What types of spinal injections are offered?

Depending on the nature of your pain, the specialists at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer several types of spinal injections, including:

  • Epidural steroid injections: These contain an anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid injected at the epidural space, between a membrane known as the dura mater and the vertebral wall.  
  • Facet joint injections: You might receive a facet joint injection when your pain is due to a degenerative condition like arthritis, particularly in your neck, middle back, or lower back. Your doctor may inject the medication directly into the joint, or they may use the injection to anesthetize the nerves that are affiliated with the pain.
  • Sacroiliac joint injections: Your SI joints are between the sacrum and pelvic bones. Injections here address sciatica, or pain in the low back, buttocks, and legs. SI joint injections usually contain steroids and/or anesthetic medication.

How do spinal injections help with diagnosing pain?

The way in which your body reacts to a spinal injection can help your doctor determine the source of your pain. Following an injection, your doctor watches your reaction and monitors if and where you experience pain relief. This diagnosis can help inform other aspects of your treatment plan.

To learn more about spinal injections and how they can relieve your pain, call the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain or book an appointment online.