What Is Injection Therapy?
Injection therapy uses a small syringe to push medications into the body. It works quicker and more efficiently than infusion therapy, avoiding slow-dripping fluids into the body via gravity. Injection therapy also bypasses the gastrointestinal system that oral medication needs to begin working. The main purpose of injection therapy is to allow the medication to target the affected body area directly, quickly, and efficiently.
Most injections are given into the muscle (IM) or under the skin (subcutaneously). We will vary the type of injection depending on the medical needs and the most efficient delivery route for the particular medication. Our team of tenured, expert staff has years of experience and training to correctly identify the correct delivery method of your injection to maximize results and minimize pain. We make injections quick, allowing you to move on with your day. Learn more about types of injection therapy. When you’re ready, schedule an appointment with the Spine Institute of Nevada.
Types of Injection Therapy
There are many different types of injection therapy that can be useful in treating your conditions.
Neural blocks target a specific area of a group of nerves. It stops these nerves from sending pain signals that can be causing you discomfort. We use this type of therapy where nerves have become particularly damaged or aggravated, creating chronic pain for the patient. If you have acute pain in concentrated areas, we may recommend neural blocks to alleviate it. This then allows you more freedom of movement to complete physical therapy and enjoy your life. It can also reduce the need for over-the-counter and prescription pain medications and can lower or even eliminate the need for surgery.
We may use a neural block to conduct diagnostics to pinpoint where nerve and structure damage exists in the body. We can selectively block specific nerve groups to dial in where the chronic pain is.
If you are experiencing complicated regional pain, where certain areas are more painful than others, and it is less localized, we may conduct a sympathetic block. This allows for more effective implementation of further therapies and helps alleviate pain in the meantime. Other therapies, such as counseling, physical therapy, and nutrition can be better accomplished by reducing your every day, non-localized pain.
Similar to diagnostic blocks, these blocks are used by our team to learn more about your condition. However, instead of pinpointing the direct source of pain, prognostic blocks are more of an experimentation and an opportunity for both you and our team to test and learn the effectiveness of planned treatment. We can also prepare for a surgical procedure after a prognostic block with lowered risk of surgery complications.
We used these after surgery. They reduce the pain of surgery, allowing you to heal more comfortably and be more active throughout your recovery and therapy plan. We also use prophylactic blocks to reduce hospitalization time and help prevent chronic pain syndromes often associated with phantom limb pain.
Following your injection, it’s important to follow instructions and care. Here are some of the effects you can expect to experience following your injection:
- Numbness, tenderness, or weakness in feet and ankles
- Localized tenderness at the injection site
- Redness and swelling at the injection site
- Several days before the effects of the injection take place
- Rare redness or flushing of the face
- Possible high blood sugar levels in those with diabetes
All of these are fairly common effects for a few days following your injection. However, if you notice any of the following side effects, contact our office as soon as possible:
- Severe increase in pain
- Allergic reaction
Contact Us Today
Contact the Spine Institute of Nevada today for injection therapy services and procedures. We specialize in outpatient surgery and procedures that are fast, minimally invasive, and effective. Our team has years of experience treating a wide range of ailments and issues, and we look forward to helping you overcome your pain next. Schedule your appointment today.