Pain in the middle of your back that lasts for more than three or four months is considered chronic and may be caused by an underlying medical condition. Thoracic steroid injections help to alleviate the pain. National Pain Institute offers thoracic steroid injections for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Are Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections are recommended for patients who live with chronic middle back pain for three months or longer. Typically, having pain for this long indicates that you may have a herniated disc, disc degeneration, a compression fracture or other pain condition. Interventional pain management with thoracic steroid injections is intended to reduce the pain to allow your body to heal and help you engage in the primary treatment plan for the condition.
What Are the Benefits of Thoracic Steroid Injections?
The medication that we administer during the thoracic steroid injections provides anesthetic and anti-inflammatory benefits. The local anesthetic will reduce your pain within a few hours, yet this is only temporary. The steroids start to reduce inflammation within two to three days.
Am I a Candidate for Thoracic Steroid Injections?
You may be a candidate for our thoracic steroid injections if you continue to experience chronic pain in the thoracic region of your back while taking prescription medications for your pain and other symptoms. We make this determination during the consultation after we review your medical records and perform a thorough examination.
How are Thoracic Steroid Injections Performed?
We use fluoroscopy during the procedure to ensure that the needle is positioned in the areas where you have inflammation. The medication is injected gradually, and you may notice a mild stinging sensation.
What Is the Recovery Like After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections are performed in our office on an outpatient basis, and no downtime is required. You may want to rest for the first day to give the medication time to take effect.
What Should I Expect After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
The steroids typically start to work within three days. As the medication continues to reduce any inflammation in the tissues, you will notice that your pain subsides little by little. Steroid injections are typically effective for a few months, at which time you can schedule an appointment for a subsequent treatment.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers thoracic steroid injections for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.