At AlaMed Injury Clinics, we understand that pain management is a very important part of helping patients recovering from injuries. We take a multidisciplinary approach to care. We offer injection treatments in Birmingham as well as Electroanalgesia and a variety of other therapies.
What Injections Do AlaMed Injury Clinics Offer?
The type of injections depend on the patient’s symptoms, the location of the pain, and the treatment goals. The most common are:
Epidural Steroid Injections (Dexamethasone)
Epidural steroid injections can treat pain in a large region of the body. Steroid medicine is injected into the epidural space between 2 vertebrae or near a nerve. The medicine moves up and down the spinal canal to coat the nerve roots near the injection area.
This type of injection is given near specific nerves or directly into the epidural space (the area that surrounds the nerves within the spinal canal).
Facet Joint Injections and Nerve Blocks
Facet joint injections are given where 2 vertebrae join together. These joints allow the spine to bend and twist. Facet joint injections can decrease inflammation caused by arthritis and joint degeneration.
Before a facet joint injection, patients may be given a diagnostic injection called a medial branch block near a nerve leading from the facet joint. This helps determine if a facet joint injection might relieve the pain. The doctor may also recommend a radiofrequency neurotomy, which disables a spinal nerve so that it can’t send pain signals.
Facet joint injections and nerve blocks are given in or near the facet joints that connect each vertebra.
Sacroiliac (or SI) Joint Injections
A spinal injection is a procedure in which the patient’s doctor injects medicine into a specific area of the spine to either diagnose the source of the patient’s back pain or to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections are given into the SI joint, located between the sacrum (at the base of the spine) and the pelvic bones. The doctor injects an anti-inflammatory medicine directly into the joint that can reduce pain and inflammation in your lower back, buttocks, groin, and leg.