All of our procedures begin by injecting a small amount of local anesthetic through a very small needle. It feels like a little pinch and then a slight burning as the local anesthetic starts numbing the skin. After the skin is numb, the procedure needle feels like a bit of pressure at the injection site. If you experience any pain during the procedure, your doctor will inject more local anesthetic as needed. The actual placement of the needle is not painful. However, keep in mind the nerve root is pinched and irritated. If the needle tip brushes against the nerve during placement, you may feel a “zing” down the nerve root, similar to striking your “funny bone”. During the injection of the local anesthetic, there may be a temporary achiness along the nerve root until the local anesthetic sets in, usually in about 15 seconds. These sensations are normal.
Spinal injections, like other medical procedures, have risks. Complications include risk of infection, low blood pressure, headache, and injury to nerve tissue. These risks are low. Conclusion
We perform the full range of injection therapies to provide the best possible pain management for your condition. The skilled medical team at SDCSD will carefully discuss the options with you, and we'll give you detailed instructions for before and after the procedure so that you are well prepared.