A CT-guided spinal injection is a nonnarcotic, nonsurgical option for severe back pain caused by sacroiliac joint pain, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica / nerve pain and lower back arthritis.
This can be a viable option if you wish to delay back surgery and the risks that come with any surgery. It can also be an effective treatment if you have had back surgery but are still experiencing pain. Our goal is to reduce your pain by at least 50%, but many patients report a 90% to 100% reduction in pain.
Unlike using conventional X-rays to guide or map an injection location, the CT scanner provides 3D images for targeting in real time. With an exact placement your discomfort is lessoned, as is the time it takes to complete the procedure.
About Your Visit
WHAT TO EXPECT
After your check-in at the front desk, you will be taken to a waiting room to review the procedure with Dr. Casey Schmitz. Once you are positioned in a CT scanner, Dr. Schmitz will use the scanner to guide a needle into the area to be treated. Although you may experience some discomfort from the numbing injection at the start of the procedure, the overall process is relatively comfortable and very quick. Afterward, you will be asked to remain at our office for 15 minutes of observation. We recommend that you don’t drive or lift heavy objects for 24 hours after treatment.
Prep & Safety
HOW TO PREPARE
You will need a referral from your healthcare provider for this procedure. If you’re on blood thinners, you will be asked to stop taking that medication prior to the procedure. The amount of time you will be off your blood thinner will depend on the medication you are taking.