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What two major types of back pain problems do injections treat?

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Back injections may help treat two major back pain problems:

Inflammation or damage to a nerve, usually in your neck or low back. Doctors call this radiculopathy. The problem starts where the nerve leaves your spine. With radiculopathy, sharp pain shoots from your lower back down into one or both legs. Or it goes from your neck into your arm. A herniated disk can cause radiculopathy.

Spinal stenosis, which means that the spine has narrowed. This can happen because a herniated disk is pressing on your spine, a bone spur sticks into that space or, less commonly, a tumor presses on your spine. Spinal stenosis compresses the nerves inside. This usually causes pain in your butt or leg. You might also have back pain. The pain from spinal stenosis may get worse when you’re active, and ease up when you lean forward.

Doctors also use injections for other types of back pain. Sometimes they also use them to help find out what's causing the pain.

From: Injections for Back Pain Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Benzon, H. Mosby, 2008. Raj's Practical Management of Pain,

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

American Academy of Neurology: "Assessment: Use of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Radicular Lumbosacral Pain."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 04, 2017

SOURCES:

Benzon, H. Mosby, 2008. Raj's Practical Management of Pain,

Canale, S. Mosby, 2008. Campbell's Operative Orthopedics,

American Academy of Neurology: "Assessment: Use of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Radicular Lumbosacral Pain."

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 04, 2017

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