Frequently Asked Questions

  • Epidural Steroid Injections

    An epidural steroid injection is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) and steroid medication (Kenalog or depomedrol) into the epidural space.
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Block

    A lumbar facet joint block is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) into one or more of the small joints located along the side of each vertebrae on both sides of the spine in the lower part of the back.
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Nerve Block

    The sympathetic nerves are a group of nerves  found along the front side of the spinal column. They are part of the  autonomic nervous system and control many bodily functions including sweating,  heart rate, digestion and blood pressure.

  • Nerve Root Blocks

    A nerve root block is an injection of local  anesthetic (numbing medicine) and steroid injected under X-ray guidance into  the area where the nerve exits the spinal column.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections

    A sacroiliac joint injection is an injection of local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the sacroiliac joint. Due to the numbing medicine used during this procedure, you may experience temporary pain relief afterwards that may last several hours.
  • Stellate Ganglion Blocks

    A stellate ganglion block is an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) to block the sympathetic nerves located on either side of the voice box in the neck. 

This page was last updated: February 23, 2015

         
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