THORACIC INJECTIONS

THORACIC INJECTIONS

Most spinal injections are performed as one part of a more comprehensive treatment program. Simultaneous treatment nearly always includes an exercise program to improve or maintain spinal mobility (stretching exercises) and stability (strengthening exercises).

 

  • What Are Thoracic Injections?

    Thoracic injections are a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the epidural region of the mid to upper back. We may recommend this treatment for upper back pain or pain in the ribs or abdomen. The thoracic steroid injection reduces inflammation in the nerves that are responsible for pain, tingling, and other uncomfortable sensations. As a result, patients are able to return to their usual activities and participate in other forms of therapy with less discomfort.

  • What is the Thoracic Injection Treatment Like?

    The first step of the thoracic injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the epidural area of the thoracic region. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.

  • What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Thoracic Injections?

    After your thoracic injection treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your thoracic steroid injection can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.

If you are suffering from pain in the upper back or other parts of the thoracic region, contact us today to determine if you are a good candidate for thoracic injections.

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