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When are spinal injections used to treat pain?

Spinal injections are used after patients have experienced pain for several months and have already tried other approaches, such as:
  • Ice
  • Oral pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Watching and waiting
If the spinal injection does not help, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Spinal injections are generally not considered an appropriate treatment for acute, self-limited low back pain (LBP). There are several injection options for persistent or recurrent pain. These include epidural steroid, facet joint and trigger point injections, which can be determined following a comprehensive medical evaluation.

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