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Injections for Pain Management | A Conventional Approach

Injections for Pain Management |  A Conventional Approach

Injection therapy is a conventional treatment technique for acute and chronic pain. Injection therapy, an invasive approach to healthcare, is used by medical doctors to treat a wide variety of conditions that cause pain or discomfort. This technique is often effective in temporarily relieving your pain. But side effects may occur, and the results you experience from injection therapy may be short-lived. Conservative approaches, including a powerful treatment technique called manipulation under anesthesia (MUA), may produce better immediate and long-term results and reduce your chances of side effects. Read on to learn more about injections for pain and why MUA is a viable alternative.

What’s Available?
Injections are often prescribed by medical doctors when medication and physical therapy fail to produce beneficial health results, but before surgery is considered. Common therapeutic injections used to manage musculoskeletal pain include:

  • Cortisone injection: A steroid hormone injection that provides short-term relief from pain and inflammation in your joints, tendons, and other tissues.
  • Trigger point injection: An injection delivered to tight knots or bands of muscle tissue that helps eliminate the trigger point and alleviate pain.
  • Prolotherapy: A series of injections designed to generate inflammation in your affected tissues that has the surprisingly beneficial effect of strengthening weakened connective tissue and eliminating pain.
  • Epidural spinal injection: An injection that delivers potent anti-inflammatory medicine directly into the space near your spinal cord.

These injection therapies are commonly used in treating back pain. Some of them, however, may be prescribed by your doctor to treat pain outside your back and spinal column, too.

What are the Drawbacks and Risks?
Injection therapy, though often effective in temporarily reducing pain, has numerous drawbacks and carries an inherent risk for complications. Some of the most significant drawbacks or risks associated with injections for pain include:

  • Temporary increase in joint pain and inflammation
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Reduced bone mass (osteoporosis) near the treatment site (with cortisone injections)
  • Nerve or nerve root damage
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to the medicine used
  • Bleeding at the injection site
  • Intense swelling and stiffness
  • Headache

Understanding the possible risks and limitations of injection therapy is crucial in making an informed decision about your health and the treatments that may be most beneficial for you.

MUA: An Alternative Solution
MUA is used by many as an alternative to injection therapy for eliminating musculoskeletal problems and pain. MUA is a hands-on healing art and outpatient procedure that uses joint manipulation, mobilization techniques, and stretching procedures to restore tissue health and function. This important work is performed by a chiropractic physician and a highly trained support staff while you are mildly sedated. Over 80 percent of patients who experience MUA find lasting relief for their musculoskeletal problems. Decreased pain, improved joint mobility, and reduced scar tissue are just a few of the many benefits associated with a typical 3-day MUA course of treatment.