Specialised spinal injections
This is the first-line in treating any spinal conditions. Harnessing the body’s potential to heal itself, fine hair-like needles are guided with utmost precision with the use of X-rays into the spine to deliver cortisone, a potent anti-inflammatory and healing hormone, around nerves, discs and joints.
The patient is sedated under the care of our skilled anaesthetist to ensure the procedure is pain-free, and recovery rapid. Most patients are ready for discharge within an hour after their injections.
Our specialised techniques allows us to maximise the amount of medicine injected to the affected area. Our precision means we can target the whole spinal column, even in sensitive and intricate areas like the neck. As a result, we pride ourselves in our success rate, helping many patients avoid surgery.
Avoid long waiting lists on the NHS and get your spine condition treated now. Spine injections give immediate relief of pain and in many cases provide permanent pain relief while the body heals the underlying problem. We have treated difficult to treat conditions.
Caudal epidural steroid treatment is when a corticosteroid drug is injected into the epidural space (in your back), usually as a treatment for nerve root pain (sciatica) or back pain. The injection is given lower down on your back, through an opening in the sacral bone (caudal epidural).
The selective nerve root block procedure is an injection of a small amount of steroid and numbing medication around a very specific nerve root/spinal nerve that exits out of the spinal cord. It can be done in the cervical (neck), thoracic (chest) and lumbar (low back) areas. This injection allows the doctor to determine exactly what nerve root or roots are being affected. The selective nerve root block procedure can be a diagnostic test (finding out which nerve is involved) or therapeutic test (providing pain relief) depending on the medications that are injected
Facet joints are small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion. The facet joints can become painful due to arthritis of the spine, a back injury, or mechanical stress to the back.
Facet joint injection
A cervical, thoracic or lumbar facet joint injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic (numbing agent) and/or steroid medication, which can anesthetise the facet joints and block the pain. The pain relief from a facet joint injection is intended to help a patient better tolerate a physical therapy routine to rehabilitate his or her injury or back condition.
Facet joint injections usually have two goals: to help diagnose the cause and location of pain and also to provide pain relief:
Diagnostic goals: By placing numbing medicine into the facet joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced by the patient will help determine if the facet joint is a source of pain. If complete pain relief is achieved while the facet joint is numb, it means that joint is likely a source of pain.
Pain relief goals: Along with the numbing medication, a facet joint injection also includes injecting time-release steroid (cortisone) into the facet joint to reduce inflammation, which can sometimes provide longer-term pain relief.
The injection procedure may also be called a facet block, as its purpose is to block the pain.