Pain in the middle of your back or between the shoulder blades may indicate that you have inflammation around the thoracic vertebrae of your spine. Reducing the inflammation with thoracic steroid injections helps you feel more comfortable. Texas Pain Institute offers thoracic steroid injections for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections aim to reduce inflammation around the thoracic vertebrae of the spine. This is the largest section of vertebrae, and any ailments will cause pain between the shoulder blades or in the middle of the back. Chronic pain in this area of the spine is debilitating.
What are the Benefits of Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Thoracic steroid injections take less than 30 minutes, and the local anesthesia in the injection may provide you with immediate relief. The steroids start to work in less than five days, and the inflammation may resolve within a few weeks. At that time, you should not experience any discomfort for at least four months. Thoracic steroid injections will not cure the underlying condition, so the pain may return, at which time you can schedule a follow-up appointment for another series of injections.
Am I a Candidate for Thoracic Steroid Injections?
You may be a candidate for our thoracic steroid injections if you have a back condition that causes swelling around the nerves of the middle spine. Your primary or specialty physician will diagnose the nature of your condition and make a referral to our office for a consultation.
How are Thoracic Steroid Injections Performed?
A needle is guided to the nerve root using advanced imaging technology that provides a live view of the soft tissues. Once we reach the nerve, the medication is slowly injected. You may notice a slight stinging sensation for a few seconds as the steroids enter the tissues.
What is the Recovery Like After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
Patients describe the weeks after thoracic steroid injections as a gradual reduction in their chronic pain. You should continue to follow the guidance of your primary care or specialty physician with regards to changes to your activities or physical therapy treatments that are needed to address the underlying cause of your pain.
What is the Prognosis After Thoracic Steroid Injections?
On average, thoracic steroid injections provide relief to our patients for four to 12 months, although this does vary greatly. Your chronic pain may return if you have a degenerative condition or if the condition does not heal completely. At that time, you can contact us to schedule another series of injections.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer thoracic steroid injections for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.