What to do if Back Pain Persists after Injections

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: August 25, 2015

pain after back injection

There are many different types of back pain injections, and each comes with its own pros and cons. For some patients, injections work great for reducing pain and improving functionality. Unfortunately for others, that’s not the case. Some patients undergo several pain injections with minimal results. In this blog, we will discuss what to do if you have had several pain injections and they are not working to reduce your back pain.

How Back Pain Injections Work

Most pain injections aim to reduce a patient’s back pain by decreasing inflammation in the area, or blocking pain signals travelling from nerves to the brain. There are several different types of back pain injections, including:

  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Cortisone Injections

For various reasons, these injections tend to become less and less effective as time goes on (more on that here). When that happens, it’s time to investigate different options to relieve your back pain.

What to do When Injections Fail

We see countless patients who are struggling with back pain and haven’t seen any significant results from back pain injections. What should you do if back pain injections don’t effectively mitigate your pain? Just like with any other treatment method, if injections aren’t working, it’s time to look into different treatment avenues. If injections haven’t worked, there is no reason to believe that they will start working suddenly at the fourth, fifth, or sixth injection.

The next questions many patients have is: “how many injections should I have before trying something else?” This is a difficult question to answer and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. You should always consult with a back pain specialist about the best options available. If you are unsatisfied with your current doctor, it never hurts to get a second opinion.

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