Injections Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Injectable medications are one of the most effective and versatile treatments for managing pain. If you have a musculoskeletal disorder, the experienced pain management physicians at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists can help with their range of injections. At their offices in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team delivers image-guided steroid injections for joint and back pain, as well as nerve blocks and hyaluronic acid injections. Find out more by calling or booking an appointment online.

Injections Q & A

What injections does pain management use?

Injections are an effective treatment option for many types of musculoskeletal pain. Medicines that the Stellar Pain and Spine team injects to help relieve pain include:

Cortisone

Cortisone is a steroid medication that reduces inflammation, swelling, and pain. It's far more powerful than oral medicines, and injecting the steroid directly into the source of your pain optimizes its effectiveness.

Local anesthetic

Many steroid injections also contain a local anesthetic that provides immediate relief from pain. The effects don't last very long, but many patients find that breaking the cycle of pain does provide a longer-term reduction in the severity of their symptoms.

Your provider may also inject local anesthetic on its own as a nerve block. Nerve blocks can be therapeutic but are also a diagnostic method for pinpointing the source of pain.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is a lubricant your joints and tissues produce naturally. 

Botox®

Medical Botox injections disrupt the nerve signals that cause your muscles to contract.

These injections might help you if conservative approaches like oral medication and physical therapy aren't working. They can also reduce pain that's preventing you from participating in essential rehabilitation exercises.

What can injections treat?

Injections can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Common causes of back pain like sciatica and other forms of radiculopathy (where the spinal nerves are damaged or under pressure) can benefit from epidural steroid injections.

These injections go into the epidural space inside your spine, where they reduce the inflammation that's causing nerve pain. 

Other spinal injections that could relieve back pain include facet joint injections, selective nerve root blocks, medial branch blocks, and sacroiliac (SI) joint injections.

Arthritis is one of the most likely causes of chronic joint pain. Hyaluronic acid injections help to lubricate the joints, while steroid injections act on the inflammation the damaged cartilage and joint linings create. 

Steroid injections are also effective for treating bursitis – inflammation in the protective sacs of fluid in your major joints.

Botox injections are effective for frequent, severe migraines and conditions such as myofascial pain and cervical dystonia.

How are injections given?

Injections are typically an in-office procedure at Stellar Pain and Spine. The needles are very fine, but to make sure you feel comfortable during the treatment, you can have an anesthetic cream on your skin before your injection.

The team uses image guidance technology to ensure the needle goes to the exact point where it can be most effective. That also helps prevent damage to any surrounding tissues. In most cases, you don't need any downtime after having injections.

You might find that one injection is sufficient. However, most people get optimal relief from having a course of injections over several months.

If you want to know more about injections and how they can help with your musculoskeletal pain, call Stellar Pain and Spine today or book an appointment online.