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Back problems can be distressing and debilitating, restricting your ability to move freely, work, and live a full and active life. If back pain is affecting your wellbeing, The London Clinic can help. We provide specialist treatment by world-leading spinal consultants in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

Many back problems do not require surgical intervention; they frequently resolve with rest, physiotherapy, and anti-inflammatory medication.

However, if these conservative treatments haven’t provided relief, Back pain injections can help ease pain, reduce inflammation, and restore mobility.

Close-up of a nurse in surgical gloves preparing to inject a patient's back

Who can benefit from Back Pain Injections?

Back injections are used, as part of a comprehensive treatment programme, to treat two of the most common causes of back problems:

Spinal compression

The soft tissue discs between the bones in the spine can bulge out of position. These slipped or prolapsed discs cause pain and can also press on nerves leading to inflammation and damage.

The nerve compression is known as radiculopathy. It's characterised by sharp shooting pain extending from the neck to the arms, or from the back into the legs and buttocks.

Spinal stenosis

Ageing and osteoarthritis can make the spinal column narrow and restricted. This can compress the spinal cord, nerves, and nerve roots, leading to pain, weakness, and numbness. 

The specialists at The London Clinic also use spinal injections to help diagnose the underlying cause of back pain. 

What are Back Pain Injections?

Back pain injections are targeted back pain treatments. Under x-ray guidance, the specialist injects local anaesthetic and steroid medication into specific points in the back to reduce pain and treat inflammation. 

The London Clinic offers a range of highly-specialised injection treatments to address different types of back pain:

Epidural Injections

Epidurals can treat back pain that spreads from the spine into an arm or leg. The consultant injects into the epidural space, which is the outermost part of the spinal canal. It can reduce back pain, control swelling, and ease nerve irritation.

Facet Joint Injections

These are injections into the small joints between each of the spinal bones. They can treat pain caused by osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and injuries.

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections

Injections into the joint between the lower back and the pelvis can help treat pain from the SI joint, which tends to be one-sided and affects the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Back Pain Injections at The London Clinic

The London Clinic has an experienced multi-disciplinary team of:

They specialise in the investigation and treatment of back pain. 

At your first consultation, the specialist will take a detailed medical history and examine your back to understand your symptoms and the effect they are having on your life.

Your orthopaedic consultant may then arrange tests to diagnose your back or neck problem before tailoring a treatment plan for your needs.

Our a state-of-the-art imaging suite offering a range of diagnostic tests, including the latest MRI scanners, myelography, discography, x-rays, and CT scanning. 

Back Pain Injection facts

The spinal specialists at The London Clinic give back pain injections as a day case procedure, so you will not need to stay in the hospital overnight. It is performed under local anaesthetic. However, we also offer sedation to help you relax and reduce any anxiety.

The consultant uses x-ray guidance to precisely inject the medication. This ensures your safety and increases the effectiveness of the treatment. 
You will lie on your tummy or on your side with your knees pulled up to your chest. The specialist will clean your back and numb the skin with a local anaesthetic. The consultant will then insert a  fine hollow needle into your back. The location will depend on your back problem, and the spinal injection required.

They will inject a small amount of dye through the needle. This will show up on the x-ray to confirm the correct placement of the cannula.  When the tube is in position, the consultant will inject the medication.

Usually, this is a combination of a steroid to reduce inflammation and local anaesthetic to numb the area and decrease pain. They will apply a plaster to the area, and then the hospital staff will support and monitor you as you recover.

Back pain injections are generally safe, and the expert team at The London Clinic works hard to minimise any risks. Your consultant will take time to explain the pros and cons of the procedure and answer any questions you may have.

Recovery from Back Pain Injections

Following the procedure, The London Clinic team will monitor your recovery. You will be able to go home when you are up, mobile and have passed urine. However, a friend or family member should escort you home.

You should stay off work and take it easy for 24 hours. The anaesthetic will numb your back for the first day. After this, the pain may increase before the steroids start to take effect. The team will give you painkillers to keep you comfortable during this time.

An injection can reduce back, leg, and arm pain for up to three months. However, they're usually a crucial part of a holistic treatment programme. The injection reduces symptoms so that physiotherapy is more effective.

The specialist physiotherapists will give you exercises to improve your strength, spinal mobility, and stability. It is usually safe to start exercises a week after your injection. If you have any problems or concerns, The London Clinic team is always available for support and guidance.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. An All-Inclusive Package for this treatment is available from £1,995.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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