If you are experiencing pain in the upper back or the surrounding areas of the torso, you may be a good candidate for thoracic steroid injections. The Pain Management Center offers this and other pain management techniques to the residents of Linwood, Hamilton and Voorhees, NJ.
What Are Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid 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 Steroid Injection Treatment Like?
The first step of the thoracic steroid 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 Steroid Injections?
After your thoracic steroid 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, 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 steroid injections. The Pain Management Center welcomes patients from Turnersville, Linwood, Hamilton, and the nearby areas of New Jersey.