Finding the right solution for your back pain may require several treatments that can offer distinct benefits. By working through different therapies, from the least invasive to those with more side effects, you can find the solution that will offer optimal benefits without a high risk. Steroid injections are typically reserved as a later treatment because steroids can have undesirable effects on the tissues of the spine when used for an extended period.
When does pain outweigh side effects?
Your doctor will discuss all the benefits and risks of epidural steroid injections before beginning this type of treatment. Typically, those patients who do choose to get these injections are those who are suffering from chronic pain that has not been relieved by other, less risky treatments. The intervals between injections are highly regulated so that adverse effects on the body are limited. Most patients do find relief from steroid injections since they do reduce inflammation which irritates the nerves of the back. Still, it is important to remember that relief is only temporary, and the treatment is best used in conjunction with longer-term solutions.
Therapies that may accompany steroid injections
Ideally, back pain treatment should address pain immediately and work to prevent problems in the future. Therefore, steroid injections may simply be used to provide temporary pain relief while you work through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or biofeedback. The injections will bring pain to a tolerable level while you rebuild the structures of the spine for relief that lasts for years instead of weeks.
Get comprehensive treatment for your back and joint pain with the specialists at Carolina Back Institute. We have locations in Raleigh and Cary that offer a wide range of non-surgical spine treatments to address your needs. Start planning your treatment with us on our website or by calling (919) 781-9950.