The thoracic spine is located in the chest area and contains 12 vertebrae. The ribs connect to the thoracic spine and protect many vital organs. The thoracic levels are T1, T2, and T3 through T12.
Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injections have been safely and effectively used in the treatment of chronic neck and back pain for the last 40 years. Back and neck pain are usually treated conservatively with bed rest, physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and rehab exercises. In acute cases, a majority of patients will improve on this regimen.
When conservative therapy alone does not provide the desired pain relief, epidural steroid injections are added as an effective next step in treatment.
Epidural steroid injections work by several mechanisms. They break the cycle of pain, followed by muscle spasm, followed by more pain which occurs in this disease. Pain relief afforded by epidural steroids may allow a larger and more pain free range of motion. This increases the effectiveness of physical therapy in preserving muscle strength and range of motion.
Epidural steroids injections are safe and our pain specialists at Arizona Pain Treatment Centers are very experienced in providing spinal injections. They reduce inflammation, swelling and irritation of the nerves, thereby providing pain relief.