Here, we aim to provide you with essential information about this minimally invasive procedure that can help diagnose and treat spine-related conditions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections?

Image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections are minimally invasive procedures that use advanced imaging techniques, such as fluoroscopy or ultrasound, to precisely guide the injection of medication or diagnostic agents into the spine. These injections can help diagnose and treat various spine-related conditions, including pain and inflammation.

What conditions can be diagnosed and treated with image-guided injections?

Image-guided injections can be used to diagnose and treat conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, facet joint pain, nerve compression, and other spine-related issues that cause pain or discomfort.

How does image guidance improve the accuracy of injections?

Image guidance allows our specialists to visualize the exact location of the needle and target area in real-time. This precision ensures that the injection reaches the intended site, increasing the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment while minimizing the risk of complications.

What types of injections are commonly used in spinal procedures?

Common types of image-guided spinal injections include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, nerve blocks, and discography. The specific injection chosen depends on the patient’s condition and the treatment goals.

Are these injections painful?

The injections are typically well-tolerated, and our medical team takes steps to minimize discomfort. Local anesthesia is often used to numb the injection site. Patients may experience some pressure or brief discomfort during the procedure, but this usually subsides quickly.

What should I expect before, during, and after the procedure?

Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with our medical team to discuss your condition and treatment plan. During the procedure, you’ll be positioned comfortably, and the injection site will be cleaned. Afterward, you may experience temporary relief, but the full effects of the injection may take a few days to develop.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with these injections?

While image-guided injections are generally safe, some risks and side effects may include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, or an allergic reaction to the medication. Our specialists take precautions to minimize these risks and will discuss them with you before the procedure.

How long do the benefits of these injections last?

The duration of pain relief can vary from patient to patient and depends on the underlying condition. Some patients experience long-lasting relief, while others may require additional injections or treatments for sustained benefits.

At The Diagnostic and Interventional Spine Center, we are committed to providing safe and effective image-guided diagnostic and therapeutic injections to improve the quality of life for our patients. If you have further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us. Our experienced team is here to help you on your journey to spinal health and well-being.