When Steroid Injections Are the Best Choice for Your Chronic Pain

It’s safe to say that back pain — whether once in a blue moon or chronic — drags down your quality of life considerably. Pain isn’t easy to live with, limited movement is frustrating, and if your pain is characterized as chronic, it can feel as if there’s no relief in sight.

At The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care, we can help. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD — or “Dr. Bo” as he’s known — is a gifted orthopedic surgeon and back pain expert. He offers an array of options for your back pain, although one, in particular, is proving to be a practical choice for many patients: steroid injections. 

Chronic pain needs to be managed

When your back pain is chronic, it can become your sole focus. Your work, relationships, rest, and overall quality of life suffer tremendously. The deadly national trend of prescribing opioids for pain is reversing, thankfully, and physicians are examining other alternatives.

Dr. Bo’s philosophy of care revolves around safe, non-addictive treatments that are tailored to each patient’s unique needs. The relationship he builds with you is based on in-depth knowledge of:

A pain management plan is Dr. Bo’s carefully thought-out approach to keeping your pain under control. He designs it knowing that your course of treatment is fluid, so he can alter it in response to your changing needs. 

If you have a flare-up, for example, Dr. Bo offers proven strategies, from medication options to advising you on how you can shift your lifestyle habits to lessen your pain. 

The type of pain and its origins matter

It’s usually a challenge to try to describe your pain, other than whether it’s sudden or ongoing, sharp or dull. Dr. Bo can ensure that treatments are appropriate if he can pinpoint what your pain stems from. 

Two broad types of pain exist. The most common pain usually comes from injuries like burns and joint trauma (nociceptive pain), while the other category (neuropathic) is driven by injury or the nervous system, such as pain suffered after a stroke.

Steroid injections ease chronic back pain

Whether your back pain is linked to muscle strain, injury, or spinal nerve damage, Dr. Bo’s individualized combination of diagnostic and conservative treatment choices may include imaging tests, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections.

Steroid injections attack the inflammation at the root of your pain and offer several advantages. They:

Steroid injections are a first-line defense against chronic back pain, and we can use them successfully in conjunction with many other treatments. 

Are steroid injections right for you?

Dr. Bo and our entire team at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care are dedicated to caring for you with creativity and compassion. Call one of our five convenient office locations to make an appointment or book one online to see if steroid injections may be a remedy for your persistent back pain. 

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