For injuries or chronic pain conditions that affect the spine, a transforaminal injection may be recommended. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this and other advanced pain management services to the residents of Voorhees, Hamilton and Turnersville, NJ.
What Are Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections are a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into openings along the spine. This treatment is often used to relieve pain that is caused by injuries, damage, or nerve conditions that affect the nerve roots along the spine. Transforaminal injections can reduce the swelling and inflammation of these nerve roots to reduce pain and allow patients to enjoy an improved quality of life.
What is the Transforaminal Injection Treatment Like?
The first step of the transforaminal 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, we will use ultrasound technology to carefully insert a needle into the appropriate opening in the spine where a nerve root is found. Once properly positioned, the injection will be performed and the treatment will be complete. The full treatment takes less than an hour to perform. You may experience some soreness or bruising after your treatment, but these effects will fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Transforaminal Injections?
After your transforaminal 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 steroid medication will take effect within a few days, and you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief at this point. The results from your transforaminal 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.
To learn more about the transforaminal injection treatment or to determine if you are a good candidate for this technique, contact us today. At The Pain Management Center, we welcome patients from Hamilton, Turnersville, Linwood, and the neighboring cities of New Jersey.