Will Steroid Injections Help My Back Pain?

Back pain is a complex problem. It impacts nearly 65 million Americans and eight percent of all adults. Back pain is common because it can develop for a variety of reasons, ranging from injury and overuse to age-related deterioration. It also originates in different structures within your back, including your muscles, joints, discs, and nerves. As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment if your back starts to hurt. 

The only way to find effective pain relief is through an accurate diagnosis that pinpoints the precise cause of your back symptoms. That's where Dr. Sameer Syed at Pain Treatment Institute comes in. If you have back pain, Dr. Syed will work with you to find a treatment plan that might include steroid injections.

Steroid injections are an anti-inflammatory medicine known to help ease back pain. Here’s what you need to know about steroid injections and whether they’re right for you.

How steroid injections work

Steroid injections use a special combination of medications designed to reduce inflammation and pain impacting nerves, joints, or tendons. Dr. Syed often uses special fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided imaging to deliver these injections into the exact area triggering your pain. 

There are three common steroid injection locations including:

Once in place, steroid injection medication gets to work relieving your symptoms. In most cases, you start feeling relief within a few days. But sometimes, it can take approximately one week to see results.

While steroid injections can provide results for up to a year, you shouldn’t expect permanent pain relief from this treatment alone.

When to consider a steroid injection for back pain

Steroid injections are a popular treatment for back pain, but they’re most effective for nerve pain, inflammation from arthritis, and irritated tendons or bursa. 

Common back pain conditions that respond well to steroid injections include:

Dr. Syed might also suggest a steroid injection if you have intense or chronic back pain that hasn’t responded to conservative pain management treatments like oral medications or heat therapy. 

For the best results, Dr. Syed often recommends steroid injections in combination with other therapies, such as medication management, neuraxial manipulations, and psychological counseling.

The downside of steroid injections

Steroid injections for back pain are generally safe, but they do come with some risks. The main concern that comes with this treatment is having too many. 

Introducing too much steroid medication can cause some of the tissue in the treatment site to weaken or breakdown, including joint cartilage, bone, and muscles. It can also lead to thinning skin and soft tissue at your injection site.

Additional risks of too many steroid injections include symptoms like:

As a result, Dr. Syed recommends limiting the number of steroid injections you get on a regular basis. 

Do you want to say goodbye to back pain? To learn more about steroid injections contact one of our convenient locations in Plano or Sherman, Texas today.