Low back pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear from their patients, but choosing the best treatment has long been a mystery.

Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the musclesnervesbones,joints or other structures in the spine.

Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include symptoms other than pain. These symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness.

In many cases of chronic back pain spinal injections may be used both to find out what is causing your pain and to treat your pain. Doctors refer to these two separate uses of spinal injections as diagnostic and therapeutic. If an injection provides pain relief in the area that is injected, it is likely that this particular area is the source of the problem. Injections are also therapeutic in that they can provide temporary relief from pain.
    • what medications are injected
    • what types of injections are used
    • why you might choose to have an injection
    • why you might choose not to have an injection