If you are struggling with pain of the lower back, ribs, and/or abdomen, you may benefit from thoracic injections. Looking for thoracic steroid injections near me? The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers a variety of steroid injection treatments to relieve pain for men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What Are Thoracic Steroid Injections?
There are two types of thoracic epidural steroid injections to treat pain of the lower back, abdomen, and ribs.
A thoracic interlaminar steroid injection is a simple procedure, consisting of a steroid injection to reduce inflammation and treat pain in the ribs, abdomen, and lower back. The epidural steroid injection is an injection into the epidural space surrounding the spinal cord.
A thoracic transforaminal steroid injection is the same as the interlaminar injection, but it’s performed from the side as the nerve comes out of the spine.
What Do Thoracic Steroid Injections Treat?
These injections are typically used to relieve pain and inflammation when a nerve in the epidural space of the thoracic spine becomes irritated or compressed by a bone spur, spinal stenosis, or a herniated disc. Thoracic steroid injections work by temporarily stopping pain signals and relieving inflammation responsible for pressure on the nerves.
How Are Thoracic Steroid Injections Performed?
This procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes as an in-office procedure. You will lie on your side or your stomach for the duration of your procedure. The procedure begins with a mild sedative to help you relax following by a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.
Your physician will use an x-ray fluoroscope to help guide the needle into the correct position with real-time x-ray images. Once the needle is in the correct position, a combination of local anesthetic and steroid medication is injected to ease pain and inflammation.
How Long Do Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injections Last?
Unlike some other epidural steroid injections, you may not necessarily notice any improvement right away. Some patients even feel worse pain temporarily after a thoracic steroid injection. It may take up to a week for the results of the procedure to show.
The benefits of the procedure, namely the pain relief, may last for a few months. This will differ from patient to patient. If you finds that the injection controls the pain and allows your back to heal on its own, you may not need repeated treatments. Some people benefit from more regular thoracic steroid injections to control pain.
If you believe you can benefit from thoracic steroid injections, contact us at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia today to schedule an appointment to learn more. We welcome men and women in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA.