If you live with joint pain, you know just how disruptive the condition can be, and you understand the need to find lasting relief. At Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay, Jeffrey Miller, MD, offers fluoroscopy injections among his many services that help Tampa, Florida, residents move beyond joint pain. Learn more about this powerful treatment path during a personalized consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.
Fluoroscopy injections, also called fluoroscopically guided joint injections, are an outpatient procedure used to treat joint or back pain. They can also play a role in diagnosing pain.
The process uses a combination of X-ray imaging and a contrast dye to enable Dr. Miller to visualize the injection area. This approach creates accurate imaging of the injection space, which allows Dr. Miller to pinpoint the exact location where steroid medication will be administered.
Some fluoroscopy injections are placed in the epidural space that surrounds your spinal cord. This allows medication to spread across a larger area. Other approaches place the medication near certain nerve roots or in the facet joints of your spine.
When used for diagnostic purposes, fluoroscopy injections help Dr. Miller visualize the area of your spine where he suspects your pain originates. He can then inject a combination of steroids and numbing medications into the targeted area.
If you report an immediate reduction in pain, Dr. Miller knows he has targeted the correct area. If pain continues, he can narrow down the potential sites even further.
Once your skin is thoroughly disinfected, a local anesthetic shot reduces sensations in the immediate area. Dr. Miller then guides the treatment needle into the targeted area using X-ray imaging. A contrast dye is introduced to the spinal area to improve visualization.
Once the needle is in place, a combination of an anti-inflammatory steroid and a numbing medication is injected. You might feel some pressure or minor discomfort at this point, but there should be no significant pain.
It can take as long as a week for the full effects of your treatment to develop. In the meantime, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can reduce pain. Take it easy for the first 24 hours after your procedure to give your body a chance to adjust, and contact Dr. Miller if you experience any signs of infection or other unusual changes.
If you’d like more information about fluoroscopy injections, reach out to the office to set up a visit. Booking is fast and easy online or over the phone, so don’t delay.