Conservative Treatment of Lower Back Pain When to Have Neck Surgery When to have Lower Back Surgery Neck and Back Pain Medications Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment: Diagnostic Cervical Discograms Lumbar Discograms EMG/NCV- Electromyograms and Nerve Conduction Studies Epidural Injections and Selective Nerve Root Blocks- Diagnostic and Therapeutic Facet Blocks and Rhizotomies Pain Diary Instructions for Spinal Injections Treatment: Surgical Lumbar Microdiscectomy Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Anterior Cervical Decompression & Fusion (ACDF) Laminotomy Lumbar Fusion Types Failed Spine Surgery Correction Cervical Laminectomy, Laminoplasty and Posterior Cervical Fusion Scoliosis Surgery Posterior Cervical Decompression and Posterior Cervical Foramenotomy Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) for Cervical Spine Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) for Lumbar Spine Surgical Repair of Pars Interarticularis Fractures Without Degenerative Disc Changes
What are the risks and side effects?
Generally speaking, transforaminal injections are is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, side effects and possibility of complications. The most common side effect is pain from the actual injection once the local anesthetic wears off and this pain is temporary. The other uncommon risk involve spinal puncture with headaches, infection, bleeding inside the epidural space, nerve damage and worsening of symptoms. Other uncommon risks are related to the side effects of the long acting steroid such as weight gain, increase in blood sugar in diabetics, water retention and suppression of body's own natural production of steroids.