Spinal Injections Specialist

Carl Hess, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in Fullerton, CA

When you’re suffering on a daily basis, pain pills aren’t the best solution. Fortunately, today’s cutting-edge interventional pain management advances allow for a new approach. Board-certified interventional pain management specialist and anesthesiologist Carl A. Hess, MD, offers spinal injections that can relieve your pain for weeks, months, or longer. Call the office in Fullerton, California, or request an appointment online today.

Spinal Injections Q & A

What conditions can spinal injections help with?

Spinal injections can relieve many types of chronic pain, such as:

  • Trigger point pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Injury-related joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neuropathy pain

Spinal injections can offer significant relief after just one short outpatient procedure. 

What kind of spinal injections are available?

Carl A. Hess, MD, offers spinal injections, including:

Epidural injections

Epidural injections in your back can relieve neuropathy pain, back pain, herniated disc discomfort, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and other conditions. 

Facet joint injections

Facet joint injections are effective for pain in your facet joints the pair of joints on either side of your cervical and lumbar vertebrae. If you suffer from arthritis or have an injury affecting the facet joints, Dr. Hess may recommend this type of injection.

Other joint injections

Whether your pain originates in your back, neck, hips, or somewhere else, Dr. Hess may recommend an injection in that particular spinal joint to relieve your pain. Sometimes, joint pain can radiate to other parts of your body, and consequently, joint injections could help with buttocks, leg, or arm pain.

Trigger point injections

Trigger point injections relax tight, highly painful knots within muscles. You might have trigger points after an injury, chronic overuse, or if you have a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome.

Sacroiliac injections

Sacroiliac injections can relieve lower back and buttocks area pain that originates in the sacroiliac joints at the base of your spine.

Spinal injections typically include anesthesia, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, or a combination formula. 

How often do I need spinal injections?

Spinal injections can relieve pain for a long time, possibly months. Your specific reaction and how much you benefit from the injections dictate your treatment schedule. Generally, you should have spinal injections a few times each year. 

If you get good results from spinal injections and would like a long-term solution, Dr. Hess may recommend a procedure like radiofrequency ablation or a spinal cord stimulator. Regenerative medicine treatments could also help by restoring worn or damaged tissue within your body.

Learn how spinal injections can help you live without pain by calling Carl A. Hess, MD, or requesting an appointment online today.