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Injections and Minimally Invasive Procedures for Spondylosis
Steroids (cortisone) can be injected into the epidural space (the space surrounding the spinal cord). This is commonly known as an epidural injection. Steroids can also be injected into the facet joints which connect the vertebrae, trigger points in the soft tissue, or directly into the intervertebral disc spaces. These procedures may have a role in managing acute pain, especially radicular pain, which radiates into a limb.
Other procedures for back and neck pain include intradiscal injections (cortisone injection directly into an intervertebral disc), trigger point injections of steroid, anesthetic, or both, facet joint steroid injection, steroid injection into the sacroiliac joints, steroid injection into the piriformis muscle for piriformis syndrome, and radiofrequency denervation (destruction of painful nerves using a radiofrequency current) among others.
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