If you are dealing with sciatica, herniated discs, or other forms of chronic back pain, you may benefit from a transforaminal epidural injection, which can offer significant pain relief. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers transforaminal injections and other pain treatments in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What Are Transforaminal Injections?
A transforaminal injection is used to relieve pain in your legs and lower back caused by herniated discs, sciatica, and other causes of compressed or painful nerves in the lower back. The treatment targets inflamed or compressed nerve roots in the lumbar region of the spine as they exit the spine.
A transforaminal injection combines a local anesthetic and steroid medication to temporarily relieve pain and help ease inflammation that can put pressure on a nerve root. This injection can also be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the specific cause and location of your pain.
What Do Transforaminal Injections Treat?
Transforaminal injections can be employed to treat a number of back pain-related issues. If a disc has herniated in the lower back region, a transforaminal injection could help to decrease inflammation and allow the disc to heal.
This same treatment can also be used to treat degenerative disc disease, where nerves are compressed and the height of the disc is affected. Patients suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis can also achieve pain relief from a transforaminal injection, as can those with compression fractures to the lumbar vertebrae.
How Are Transforaminal Injections Performed?
The transforaminal epidural injection is done on an outpatient basis in a short procedure. You will receive an IV medication to help you relax as you lie on your stomach on an x-ray table. After the area is numbed for the S1 transforaminal injection, a thin needle will be guided to the nerve root causing your pain with the use of a fluoroscope, or real time x-ray technology. A mixture of local anesthetic and steroids are injected to provide both immediate and longer-term pain relief.
Usually, the transforaminal injection procedure will take only around 20 to 30 minutes. After a brief observation time, you will be able to return home.
How Long Do Transforaminal Injections Last?
Many patients report their pain subsiding within 30 minutes of the procedure taking place; however, it can be expected that it may return a few hours later as the anesthetic wears off. Longer-term pain relief usually begins to occur two to three days later once the steroid begins to get working.
The overall duration of pain relief is different with each patient. For some patients, the relief can last for several months or even longer. If you find that the treatment is working, regular periodic injections can be applied to help stay pain free.
At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we take pride in offering effective yet minimally invasive pain treatments for men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA. Contact us to schedule an appointment to find out if you can benefit from the transforaminal injection procedure.