Spinal Injections Specialist

Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

Spinal injections like epidurals and SI joint injections offer new hope to people suffering from chronic back pain. The spinal injections offered at Utah Orthopaedics in Ogden, Utah, target the source of pain. The injections use a potent anti-inflammatory medication that quickly reduces your symptoms and helps you cope with the effects of the condition. Book your appointment now by calling the office or clicking on the provided link.

Spinal Injections Q&A

What are spinal injections?

A spinal injection is an advanced method of placing medication directly into a painful area of damaged tissue in your spine. Most spinal injections treat pain in the lumbar (lower) spine.

Spinal injections are primarily used to relieve pain. In certain cases, these injections can also help diagnose the cause and site of back pain.

How do spinal injections relieve pain?

Spinal injections include two medications: a short-acting anesthetic and a long-acting corticosteroid. The anesthetic immediately numbs the painful area, and the corticosteroid works to decrease inflammation.

The anesthetic wears off after a few hours, while the corticosteroid continues to work inside your body, providing longer-lasting pain relief.

When might I need a spinal injection?

The Utah Orthopaedics team recommends a spinal injection if your back pain hasn’t responded to other treatments. Painful conditions that often improve with spinal injections include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica (back pain that radiates down your leg)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint disease
  • SI (sacroiliac) joint dysfunction

If you suffer from chronic back pain, the Utah Orthopaedics team can explain the different treatments and recommend the injection that best suits your needs.

What are the spinal injections choices?

The Utah Orthopaedics team offers several spinal injections, the most common being:

Epidural injections

Epidural injections go into the epidural space, the area just beyond the membrane that covers your spinal cord.

Facet joint injections

Facet joint injections go into one or more of the tiny facet joints between each of your spinal vertebrae.

Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections

SI joint injections target the SI joint, which connects your pelvis to the lumbar spine.

The Utah Orthopaedics team will recommend the spinal injection that’s most likely to ease your pain. The treatment is similar to every kind of spinal injection. The team administers the injections as an outpatient procedure. You’ll typically be able to return to normal activities the following day.

How long does the pain relief last after a spinal injection?

Spinal injections offer long-lasting pain relief compared with oral medication — but exactly how long varies from one case to another. The pain relief could last a few days, several months, even as long as a year in some cases.

After your first spinal injection, you’ll know what to expect and can plan accordingly for future injections. You can have only a few spinal injections per year. Too many injections can weaken the bones in your spine.

Learn more about the benefits of spinal injections by calling Utah Orthopaedics now or scheduling online.