Many patients suffer from severe, debilitating low back pain. There are many causes of low back pain. Common causes are narrowing of the spinal canal, narrowing of the exiting nerve root, and degeneration of the facet joints.
The cause of back pain is often diagnosed with an accurate history and imaging such as MRI. Once diagnosed, the pain can be relieved with injection of steroids and anesthetic through a tiny spinal needle. The procedure is performed as an outpatient with just local anesthetic. Risks are minimal and patients usually return to their usual activities later in the day. Pain relief with injections can often delay or prevent the need for major surgical intervention.