The Role of Spine Injections

Image-Guided Spine Injections
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation (NSAIDs)
  • Permit physical therapy
  • Improve quality of life
  • Delay (or  obviate) surgery

Spine injections

  • "Precision diagnosis"-permit direct coupling of anatomy and clinical symptoms
  • Low risk to patient
  • Positive outcomes with appropriate patient selection
  • Cost lower than surgery (mean $34K)

2 rules of spine injections

  • Diagnostic-what is the source of the pain?
  • Therapeutic-how can the pain be relieved?


Chief of Neuroradiology
Associate Chair for Quality and Safety
Co-Director, Neuroimaging RIG
Professor, Clinical Radiology

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