Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spinal Injection Service
Todd P. Stitik, MD, Director
>Spinal injections are performed either to confirm a suspected diagnosis and/or reduce pain and inflammation for the patient with spinal problems. These procedures can also be effective for relieving associated pain in the upper and lower extremities. When pain has not gone away with more conservative treatment (oral medications, physical therapy, etc.), an injection of local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid or other nerve block procedure may provide relief. The goal is to decrease pain and inflammation and thus improve the patient's functional status and quality of life. Types of injections include epidural steroid injections (to treat disc herniations and inflamed nerve roots), facet joint injections (for facet arthritis), and sacroiliac joint injections (for back pain originating from the sacroiliac joint).
Patrick M. Foye, MD