Sciatica, disc disorders and other types of degeneration in the back may cause chronic pain in the lower extremities and back. Texas Pain Institute offers transforaminal injections for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas who suffer from these types of chronic pain.
What are Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections introduce medications into the nerves of the back that may cause chronic pain in the feet, lower back and legs. The injections contain steroids for inflammation and anesthesia to numb the nerves. The technique increases the capacity of our patients to follow a primary treatment plan for the underlying cause of their chronic pain.
What are the Benefits of Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections numb the nerves that are sending signals to your brain detecting pain and lessen any inflammation that may be pressing on the nerves. This combination provides our patients with the relief they need to engage with the primary treatment plan for their underlying medical condition.
Am I a Candidate for Transforaminal Injections?
Sciatica and lower back pain due to a herniated disc in the spine are the two most common conditions that cause pain in the feet, lower back and legs. If you have one of these conditions, you may be a good candidate for our transforaminal injections. If the treatment is not appropriate, we may recommend an alternative injection or nerve block .
How are Transforaminal Injections Performed?
The procedure for transforaminal injections typically takes 20 to 30 minutes. We may numb the area or give you a light sedative before the procedure. Advanced imaging technology is used to place the needle close to the affected nerve roots. The medication is slowly injected, and the needle is removed. You may feel a slight sensation for a few seconds as the medication is administered.
What is the Recovery Like After Transforaminal Injections?
Transforaminal injections do not require any special recovery or downtime. You should follow the instructions of your primary or specialty physician with regards to resting and limiting your activities.
What is the Prognosis After Transforaminal Injections?
You may feel the effects of your transforaminal injections within 30 to 60 minutes of the procedure. Some pain may return for a few days once the anesthesia in the medication stops working. The steroids start to work in three to five days and last for several months. Follow-up injections are needed to alleviate any chronic pain that emerges.
Lower back pain, sciatica and other types of chronic pain that affect your lower extremities may not respond to conservative approaches. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer transforaminal injections for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.