Stuart A. Rubin, MD, MPH
Physiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Pain Management Physician located in Boynton Beach, FL
Pain injections, including epidural and joint injections, are excellent methods of relieving pain. Stuart A. Rubin, MD, MPH, a board-certified pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, provides customized pain injections at his practice in Boynton Beach, Florida. If you live with chronic pain, call Dr. Rubin’s office today or schedule a consultation online to determine if a pain injection is the right treatment to relieve your pain.
Pain Injections Q&A
What are pain injections?
Pain injections deliver powerful medication directly into the injured or damaged tissue that is causing your pain. Dr. Rubin provides a variety of injections to manage pain, including:
Dr. Rubin provides corticosteroid joint injections to reduce inflammation in your joints. He also offers hyaluronic acid injections for arthritic joints. Hyaluronic acid injections add lubrication, which can reduce friction, irritation, and pain.
Dr. Rubin also offers several types of spinal injections, including epidural injections and facet joint injections. These treatments combine a local anesthetic with a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Trigger point injections
If you have back or neck pain due to a trigger point, a small area of muscle spasm, Dr. Rubin can give you a trigger point injection, which delivers pain-relieving medication directly into your spasming muscle.
A nerve block delivers an anesthetic to a malfunctioning nerve, blocking pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Why would I need a pain injection?
Dr. Rubin incorporates pain injections into treatment plans for a variety of conditions, including:
- Spinal stenosis
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee injuries
- Sports injuries
Dr. Rubin usually combines pain injections with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to approach your pain from multiple angles.
What happens during a pain injection?
Pain injections are relatively quick outpatient treatments. Depending on the location of your pain, Dr. Rubin might use an X-ray to ensure the correct placement of the needle.
In most cases, Dr. Rubin provides a topical anesthetic to the injection site before making your pain injection. He can help you stay as comfortable as possible during the treatment.
What should I expect after a pain injection?
You can go home to recover soon after Dr. Rubin provides the injection. You don’t need to take time off to recover, and can usually return to your regular activities right away.
Pain injections usually combine a local anesthetic with a corticosteroid. The local anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid reduces inflammation. By the time the local anesthetic wears off, the corticosteroid should have taken effect.
If you live with chronic pain, call Dr. Rubin or make an appointment online to find out how pain injections can fit into your treatment plan.