Spinal Injections/Radiofrequency Ablation
Fast facts on Spinal Injections/Radiofrequency Ablation:
- Spinal injections are effective options for pain due to nerve root compression/facet arthropathy/sacroiliac joint pain.
- Performed under local anaesthesia as a day-care procedure.
- Radiofrequency ablation is an effective treatment for back pain caused by facet arthritis
What are Spinal Injections?
There are two types of spinal injections. They can first be used to determine the source of back, leg, neck, or arm pain (diagnostic). Second, spinal injections can be utilised as a pain-relieving treatment (therapeutic).
The majority of spinal injections are administered as part of a larger therapeutic plan. An exercise regimen to increase or preserve spine mobility (stretching exercises) and stability is almost always included in simultaneous treatment (strengthening exercises).
Spinal injections are usually considered to be safe. If issues do arise, they are often minor and self-limiting. The following are some of the hazards of spinal injections, however they are not exhaustive.
- Nerve injury
- Avascular necrosis
- Spinal headache
- Muscle weakness
- Increased pain
Spinal injections are not suitable for people with:
- Infection of the skin at the puncture site
- Suppressive therapy or bleeding problem
- High blood pressure or diabetes that is uncontrolled
- Contrast, anaesthetics, or steroid allergies