If you’re struggling to get through your day with chronic neck or back pain, you’re in good company. Tens of millions of US adults experience chronic neck or back pain. Fortunately, treatment solutions exist to help you feel better without the lengthy recovery of surgery.
At Raleigh Spine and Pain Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, board-certified pain management physician Daljit S. Buttar, MD, specializes in different types of spinal injections to address a range of neck, back, and nerve conditions.
Take a moment to learn more about the different spinal injections our practice uses and how they can help you better manage your pain.
At Raleigh Spine and Pain Center, Dr. Buttar offers a variety of epidural injections to ease neck and back pain. Depending on your needs, your injection may contain steroids, anesthetics, or a combination to reduce scarring and minimize pain, including options such as:
- Cervical epidural steroid injections for neck pain
- Caudal steroid injections for back pain
- Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections for low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint steroid injections for low back pain at the pelvic joint
- Cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections for nerve pain
- Thoracic epidural steroid injections for upper to middle back pain
- RACZ caudal neurolysis to relieve low back and leg pain from scarring
Other types of epidural injections may include facet joint injections to minimize back or neck pain and different nerve blocks to stop the pain signals from reaching your brain.
Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)
This minimally invasive therapy addresses low back pain related to issues involving the discs designed to cushion your spine. Your provider uses imaging technology to accurately thread a catheter into the treatment area, then deliver heat to the fibers and nerve receptors, dulling your pain.
Research shows that IDET helps about 70% of patients who experience chronic low back pain that doesn’t respond to other, more conservative therapies. After IDET, mobility, back function, and pain levels all improve.
Your blood contains platelets to help with clotting when you’re injured. These cells also contain powerful growth factors that boost cell and tissue regeneration and promote a healthier healing environment for damaged or diseased tissues.
Dr. Buttar can draw a small amount of your blood and create a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) solution that has 5-10 times the number of platelets your blood produces. By injecting this PRP solution into the affected areas of your spine, you enjoy less pain and inflammation without the side effects of medication or drugs.
The team at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center also use radiofrequency (RF) ablation to help patients with chronic lower back, sacroiliac, and neck pain. This nonsurgical treatment uses high-speed electromagnetic waves to create heat.
The administered heat destroys the nerve tissues triggering your pain. As a result, the pain signals these nerves send to your brain get disrupted and you experience less pain and more relief.
During vertebroplasty, Dr. Buttar injects special cement into the damaged vertebrae. The goal is to repair the damaged bone to restore function, mobility, and reduce pain.
Most people tolerate vertebroplasty, but it’s not for everyone. Dr. Buttar reviews your history to determine if you’re a good candidate for this type of spinal injection.
Learn more about the different types of spinal injections and how they can ease your pain by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center today.