Workers comp low back pain treatment in Wisconsin workers compensation cases often includes injections before any low back surgery is performed. Injections may relax the low back and allow for rest and therapy. This is especially true for employees engaged in physical jobs such as certified nurse assistants, construction laborers, shipping and receiving clerks, painters and drywall installers.
Spinal injections are used for both treatment and diagnostic purposes. There are several different types of spinal injections that your doctor may suggest. These injections usually use a mixture of an anesthetic and some type of cortisone preparation. The anesthetic is a medication that numbs the area where it is injected. If the injection takes away your pain immediately, this gives your doctor important information suggesting that the injected area is indeed the source of your pain. The cortisone decreases inflammation and can reduce the pain from an inflamed nerve or joint for a prolonged period of time.
Some injections are more difficult to perform and require the use of a fluoroscope, an x-ray that guides the needle into the correct place.
Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)
Back pain from inflamed nerve roots and facet joints may benefit from an epidural steroid injection (ESI). In an ESI, the medication mixture is injected into the epidural space around the nerve roots. ESIs are not always successful in relieving pain. If they do work, they may only provide temporary relief.
Selective Nerve Root Injection
Selective nerve root injection places steroid medication around a specific inflamed nerve using a fluoroscope. The nerve root is bathed with the medication. The selective nerve root injection can also help surgeons decide which nerve root is causing the problem before surgery is planned.
Facet Joint Injection
An injection into one or more facet joints can help determine which joints are causing the problem and ease the pain as well. The fluoroscope is used to guide a needle directly into the facet joint. The facet joint is then filled with medication mixture. The steroid medication will reduce the inflammation in the joint over a period of days and may reduce or eliminate your back pain.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger point injections of anesthetic medications mixed with a cortisone medication are given in the muscles, ligaments, or other soft tissues near the spine. These injections can help relieve back pain and ease muscle spasm and tender points in the back muscles.
McCormick Law Office attorneys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin represent injured workers with workers comp low back pain treatment who receive many types of work-related injections. The honest and trustworthy results of the injections help your doctor decide on any low back surgery such as fusion or discectomy. Believe in better.