Back pain affects millions of people. Regardless of the severity of back pain, low back pain can significantly limit functional activity, restrict activities of daily living and severely diminish our ability to enjoy normal daily life. Fortunately, there are numerous treatments that can help reduce and stop low back pain. Minimally invasive spinal injection procedures had been developed to alleviate low back pain and associated leg and sciatic pain facilitating returning patients to an active exercise-based rehabilitation program.
Spinal injections are used as diagnostic tools to determine the source of pain in the lumbar spine and when combined with corticosteroid and anesthetic medications are an excellent source of pain relief. These minimally invasive spinal injections are performed in a surgical suite, in a controlled sterile environment, under direct fluoroscopic visualization and guidance to assure precise needle placement.
Spinal injections performed by Dr. Podesta for low back pain may include: lumbar transforaminal and traslaminar epidural steroid injections, caudal epidural injections, sacroiliac joint injections, lumbar facet joint, medial branch and dorsal ramus blocks, lumbar radiofrequency ablation/neurotomy, intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET), percutaneous diskectomy, and discography. Cervical spine injection procedures performed by Dr. Podesta include cervical facet joint and medial branch blocks and cervical radiofrequency ablation/neurotomy.