Chronic pain in the middle of your back or between your shoulder blades may indicate that you have some inflammation or a slipped disc in the thoracic region of your spine. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer thoracic steroid injections for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and close-by communities in central Florida who live with this type of chronic pain.
What Are Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections are recommended for chronic pain relief that is due to nerve compression along the spine in the middle portion of the back. Herniated discs, degenerative conditions, spinal stenosis, and other conditions may cause your tissues to swell, or you may have injured your back in some way. The steroids in the medication reduces inflammation and pressure on the nerves.
What Are the Benefits of Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections are a safe and effective way to alleviate chronic pain between your shoulder blades or in your lower back. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not require any incisions or general anesthesia.
Are There Any Known Thoracic Steroid Injections Side Effects??
If you have had unwanted side effects from steroid use in the past, you may have similar symptoms after your thoracic steroid injections treatment. Please let us know what medications you currently take, as well as any issues that you have with steroids and other medications.
How Are Thoracic Steroid Injections Performed?
You will lie on your side or stomach during the procedure, and we administer a local anesthesia to numb the area where the needle is being inserted. Advanced “live image” x-ray technology is used to guide the needle to the proper position at the nerve root. The medication is slowly injected into the appropriate nerves in the sheath that is outside the spine. You may feel a slight pressure and tingling sensation.
What is Recovery Like After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections produce immediate relief from your chronic pain due to the numbing agent in the medication. The steroids start to work in about two to three days, and maximum pain relief may take seven to 10 days.
What is the Prognosis After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Many patients alleviate their chronic pain with only one thoracic steroid injections treatment. If your pain returns, we can do additional injections as needed.
Thoracic steroid injections should only be performed by experienced clinicians who can precisely target nerve roots with the medications. For residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas of central Florida, we offer these treatments for chronic pain in the mid-back, including the area between the shoulder blades. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.