Disk injections are a wonderful alternative to surgical treatment, for lower back problems after a course of medications and physical therapy is completed, but before surgery is considered. Disk injections can be useful both for providing pain relief and as a diagnostic tool to help identify the source of the patient’s back pain.
Disk injections are used in two methods, firstly, as a diagnostic tool to find out the cause of back, leg, neck, or arm pain and the other method being, as a treatment to relieve pain. Disk injections are administered as one part of a more comprehensive treatment program. Long-term treatment plans include an exercise program to improve or maintain spinal mobility and stability.
Disk injections at Montreal International Clinic are performed by our team of expert Neurosurgeons, who make it their priority to give patients the best available treatment in a safe environment so that they lead a comfortable and healthy life.
Disk injections are performed under x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy, which confirms correct placement of the medication and improves safety. In order to do this, a liquid dye is injected by our experts before the medication. If this liquid dye does not flow in the correct location, the needle is repositioned and additional dye is injected until the correct flow is obtained. The medication is not injected until the correct contrast flow pattern is achieved.
Types of Spinal Injections
These injections are used to treat a pain that starts in the spine and flows to an arm or leg. Arm or leg pain often occurs when a nerve is inflamed or compressed. These injections involve injecting an anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory medication, such as a steroid (cortisone), near the affected nerve. This reduces the inflammation and lessens or solves the pain. This type of epidural injection is a therapeutic one. The response to the injection needs to be closely monitored to determine the specific nerve and the primary cause of the pain or if the pain is due to another source.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joint injections can also be done for diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. These types of injections are often used when the pain is caused by degenerative or arthritic conditions or injury. It treats neck, middle back, or low back pain. For diagnostic purposes, facet joints can be injected in two methods, injecting anesthetic directly into the joint or anesthetizing the nerves carrying the pain signals away from the joint. If the majority of pain is relieved with anesthetic into the joint, then a therapeutic injection is administered.
Disk surgery is an elective procedure to address an individual’s pain or neurological symptoms when all other conservative, non-surgical pain management techniques have failed. Advances in modern medicine and laser technology have made minimally invasive disc surgery a practical alternative as opposed to traditional open back surgery. However, despite the availability of cutting edge treatment, there are some patients who are opting for disk surgery for long lasting pain relief from their disc problems.
A spinal disc is a soft, spongy intervertebral pad that cushions the vertebrae. Along with the facet joints, the discs give a person the flexibility and mobility that they need, while letting the spine handle the stress of supporting the body weight. However, some discs in the vertebrae deteriorate or is prone to injury. A disc that has become damaged can come into contact with one of the nearby nerve roots or the spinal cord, causing pain and other neurological symptoms. Nerves in the spine are responsible for sending and receiving signals from the body, so when they become irritated, there are many symptoms an individual will experience, such as local pain, travelling pain radiating along the nerve, muscle weakness, numbness and a tingling feeling. In instances, where the symptoms persist despite conservative treatment, surgery will be suggested by our Neurosurgeon to relieve the pain.
Some of the most common types of disc surgery used to decompress nerves and alleviate pain includes,
- Herniated Disc Surgery
- Herniated Discs Surgery
- Herniated Cervical Disc Surgery
- Bulging Disc Surgery
- Ruptured Disc Surgery
- Degenerative Disc Surgery
- Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery
- Prolapsed Disc Surgery
- Slipped Disc Surgery
- Intervertebral Disc Surgery
- Micro Disc Surgery
- Collapsed Disc Surgery
- Compressed Disc Surgery
- Torn Disc Surgery
- Fragmented Disc Surgery
- Artificial Disc Surgery
- Replacement Disc Surgery
The minimally invasive spine surgery at Montreal International Clinic uses state-of-the-art technology to remove the portion of the disc that is causing problems. This procedure offers an incomparable level of precision that allows our experienced surgeons to pinpoint the source of the discomfort, remove it and allow the patient to find relief from pain, faster than before.