One or more nerves in your back may be causing your chronic pain symptoms. Central Florida Pain Management offers transforaminal injections to prevent these nerves from sending pain signals to the brain. The treatment has helped our patients in central Florida, including Ocala and The Villages, to manage their pain and restore quality of life.
What Are Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections are administered in a single nerve or group of nerves that branch out from the spine. The medications in the injections may help reduce inflammation and prevent pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. The injection is made outside the covering of the spine and may be referred to as a transforaminal epidural injection.
What Are the Benefits of Transforaminal Injections?
Radiculopathy, herniated discs, and other spinal conditions that cause chronic pain can be treated with minimally invasive transforaminal injections to provide relief to our patients.
Am I a Candidate for a Transforaminal Nerve Block?
We recommend that you start with a consultation so that we can review your symptoms and perform a physical examination to determine the underlying cause of your chronic pain. Often, pain is referred to other areas of the body, so an accurate diagnosis is paramount for appropriate treatment. If we determine that your chronic pain is related to nerves in your spine, we will recommend a transforaminal nerve block for the symptoms.
What Happens During the TFESI Procedure?
For the TFESI procedure, we start by numbing the skin with a local anesthesia. We use a hollow needle and special x-ray technology to follow the best pathway to the nerves. The medications are slowly injected into the epidural area outside the spine.
What is Recovery Like After Transforaminal Injections?
After the TFESI procedure, you remain in our office for about 30 minutes so that we can monitor your vital signs before you are released to go home. You may notice a reduction in your pain symptoms immediately, or it may take one to three days. Full results of the transforaminal epidural injection may take seven to 10 days.
What is the Prognosis After Transforaminal Injections?
A transforaminal nerve block is intended to provide relatively short-term relief from your chronic pain. You will need additional injections as your pain returns. As part of the consultation, we explain how long each injection is expected to help your pain.
Transforaminal epidural injections are an effective treatment for chronic pain when the TFESI procedure is performed by an experienced clinician who specializes in pain management interventions. If you are experiencing pain that has lasted for three months or longer, we offer transforaminal injections for residents of central Florida, including Ocala and The Villages. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.