Amongst the procedures that we do in the Pain Clinic to try to help people's pain there are a number of common injections which we have listed in the menu on the right. The common aim of these procedures is to try to help reduce pain or to provide a window of pain relief during which you can become more mobile and active, and during which hopefully the self-maintaining vicious cycles of pain, nerve sensitisation, muscle spasm and other factors will have a chance to reset to a lower level.
Most injections are with local anaesthetic with or without a locally acting steroid drug. These drugs are discussed further here. Occasionally, for some procedures, other chemicals to more permanently numb nerves can be used, or techniques that aim to reduce nerve function using heat (radiofrequency lesioning) or cold (cryolesioning).
The most common procedures that we do in the Pain Clinic are individually discussed in pages which you can access from the menu on the right.
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