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Imaging Guided Pain Injections

What is an Injection Procedure?

An Injection Procedure is a medical procedure used to treat areas of pain in your body. The type of injection is determined by your doctor, which is based upon your medical history and symptoms.

Why should I have an Injection Procedure?

The injection is used to decrease the pain and swelling in a joint (such as a knee or hip) or can treat the causes of back pain by an injection to the spine. This procedure requires an order from your doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

How long will the procedure take?

The procedure can be completed within 45 to 60 minutes.

What do I do before the procedure?

It is recommended that you do not take any of your regular pain medications the day of the procedure. Make sure to ask about any prescription medications you might be taking. We also suggest that someone be available to drive you home after the procedure as you may feel a little weak. If you have any questions, please call our office at 743-0445.

What will the exam be like?

Joints - the steroid injection is given directly into the joint. It may take up to 7 days for your symptoms to improve.

Spine - the doctor (radiologist) will see you before the procedure to answer any questions you have. Depending upon the type of injection, either a CT scan or an X-ray (fluoroscopy) will be used to guide the needle into your spine. Once the needle is inserted, a small amount of contrast will be injected to confirm the needle is in the correct place. Then a mixture of steroid and numbing medications will be injected. We will watch you for a short time and then you will be allowed to leave.

What happens next?

Injections for joints are usually repeated no more than 3 times, so check with your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

It is important to start a "pain log" to record any changes in your symptoms for a spinal injection. Please make sure to take this with you to your next doctor's visit.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

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