Spinal InjectionsIf lifestyle changes, exercise, and medication do not work, there is one more precursor to surgery: spinal injections. Spinal injections come in a variety of different types, including epidural injections, facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and provocation discography.

How do Injections Work?

While each type varies, injections usually consist of some sort of local anesthetic mixture and corticosteroid, which is injected at the site of inflammation. It is designed to reduce pain, relieve swelling, and increase mobility. Many people will experience all three of these benefits, while others may find it difficult to notice any difference. Each patient responds differently.

Effectiveness of Injections

If a patient responds well to an injection, he or she can usually expect some immediate relief. If they are particularly responsive, they may find long-term relief. These injections are widely used and generally considered a safer alternative to surgery. Recovery time is very minimal and most patients can resume normal activities within hours.

Lumbar Disc Replacement

If lifestyle changes, medications, and injections don’t seem to alleviate the painful symptoms in your lower back, surgery may be the next option. Ask your doctor about all of the different procedures, and see if lumbar disc replacement is right for you.