Lumbar Medial Branch Block Injections
The facet joints in the lumbar spine can be impacted by degenerative disease and damage that can cause lower back pain. Medial branch nerves can be affected by facet joint damage or inflammation, resulting in chronic back pain. Performing lumbar medial branch block injections can help diagnose and treat lower back pain, available at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago.
Facet joints in the lower back are susceptible to damage from wear, tear and aging. Spinal osteoarthritis is common in the lumbar spine, causing inflammation and irritation of nerves surrounding the facet joints and spine. Lumbar medial branch block injections utilize a local anesthetic and corticosteroid to first numb the affected nerves, and then relieve inflammation in the area. This procedure can be performed in-office and offers both diagnostic and therapeutic benefits for facet joint pain in the lower back. If the injection provides relief, it can identify the facet joints or spinal area that is the source of pain.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Injections
Lumbar medial branch block injections can provide temporary relief from lower back pain. The effects of the steroid may take a few days to offer pain relief and can last for up to several months. If the nerve block injections are effective, a long-term option is available to manage medial branch nerve pain. Lumbar radiofrequency ablation (RFA) injections use radiofrequency heat to disable the medial branch nerves at the source of pain in the lower back. The RF heat is delivered through a needle or injection to disrupt pain signals and reduce lower back pain for an extended period of time.
If you have lower back pain caused by facet joint inflammation or damage, lumbar medial branch block injections can offer diagnostic and therapeutic benefits for pain relief. To learn more about lumbar medial branch block or RFA injections, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago.