Leg pain and lower back pain may be caused by issues in the lower portion of the spine. Transforaminal injections use steroids and other medications to relieve your discomfort. National Pain Institute offers transforaminal injections for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Are Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections contain medications to relieve irritated nerves and reduce inflammation around the nerves that branch into the lower back and legs. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis at our office.
What Are the Benefits of Transforaminal Injections?
The primary benefit of our transforaminal injections is a reduction of chronic pain that takes away from your quality of life and interferes with the primary treatment for the underlying issue, such as a herniated disc, arthritis or other medical condition. After the transforaminal injections, you may need your pain medications less often, and you may have improved mobility.
Am I a Candidate for Transforaminal Injections?
You may be a candidate for our transforaminal injections if you have chronic pain that is defined as a debilitating discomfort that lasts more than three to four months. The types of pain that can be remedied with transforaminal injections are:
- Lower back pain.
- Pain that radiates down one of both legs.
How Are Transforaminal Injections Performed?
At National Pain Institute, we use fluoroscopy as part of our transforaminal injections procedure. This is an advanced imaging technology that works similar to an x-ray. The images allow us to position the needle in the precise location to treat the appropriate nerve roots. The medication is slowly injected, and you may notice a mild stinging or tingling sensation for a few seconds.
What Is the Recovery Like After Transforaminal Injections?
After the transforaminal injections are administered, we will have you rest in our recovery area for 30 minutes. You may notice a decrease in your pain shortly after the procedure due to the local anesthetic that is in the injection. This is only a temporary effect.
What Should I Expect After Transforaminal Injections?
The steroids in the transforaminal injections start to reduce inflammation in about three days. You will notice a gradual improvement in your pain symptoms over the next two to three weeks. The steroids will effectively manage the inflammation for three to six months, at which time you may need another series of injections.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers transforaminal injections for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.