Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
A transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves pain in the neck, upper back, ribs, abdomen and lower back caused by pinched nerves in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. This procedure contains the same anesthetic and steroid solution, and requires the same technique as an epidural steroid injection.
What is a Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection?
A transforaminal epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves pain in the neck, upper back, ribs, abdomen, and lower back caused by pinched nerves in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine.
What Types of Pain Does a Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Treat?
Pain in the neck, upper and lower back, ribs, abdomen, and legs.
Also to improve mobility without surgery.
How Does a Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injection Work?
This procedure contains the same anesthetic and steroid solution and requires the same technique as an epidural steroid injection.
What are Symptoms Typical of Full-Body Pain?
Whole-body pain ranges from sharp, dull, aching, to stabbing and throbbing pain. Different areas of your body will range in tenderness as well.
Get medical help immediately if you are having trouble breathing, experiencing dizziness, muscle weakness, or stiffness in your neck along with a high fever.
What are Common Causes of Full-Body Pain?
Underlying conditions and causes of full-body pain include:
- Muscle aches from intense exercise or overuse
- Viral infections (like the flu or other illnesses)
- Poor circulation or cardiac disorders
- Painful menstruation
- Lupus or other autoimmune conditions
- Lyme disease
- Stress and anxiety
- Inactivity (either contributing to or caused by pain)
- Certain vitamin deficiencies (like vitamin D)
- Side effects of prescription medications (e.g. statins)
- Genetic mutations
- Physical or emotional traumas
- Nerve damage
- Opioid-induced hyperalgesia
- Other underlying conditions
Other Conservative Treatments for Chronic Pain
Other procedures used to treat chronic pain symptoms include:
- Neck Pain Exercises and Stretching
- In order to strengthen the cervical spine and surrounding muscles, exercises and stretching can be implemented, in conjunction with steroid injections if prior pain relief is necessary.
- Nerve Blocks
- Therapeutic nerve blocks contain local pain medications that can control acute pain.
- Radiofrequency Ablation (Rhizotomy)
- A minimally invasive procedure in the neck, middle or lower back, that destroys nerve fibers in the back that carry pain signals. It is performed under fluoroscopy (live x-ray).
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- If other therapies aren’t effective for treating your pain, an implantable pain management device can be an option. These devices administer mild electrical pulses to block the transmission of pain.
Alternative treatments can be utilized to treat plenty of pain symptoms, such as relaxation therapy, breathing techniques, supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, massage, meditation, and yoga.