Spine Injections [Video]

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About the video: How do spine injections work?

Spine experts Steven Stulc, D.O., and David Spight, D.O., discuss when spine injections can be helpful and how different types of injections are used.

Meet Steven Stulc, D.O.

Dr. Stulc’s approach: “My goal is to treat patients with a comprehensive approach to their spine related disorders, understanding that improving pain and function can have a tremendous impact on quality of life.”

Dr. Stulc’s education: Dr. Stulc studied at Southwestern Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN for his undergraduate degree, and he completed his medical degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Following his residency in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic, he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Medicine at Penn State University’s Department of Anesthesiology in Hershey, PA.

Meet David Spight, D.O.

Dr. Spight’s approach: “My greatest satisfaction in medicine is having the opportunity to educate patients about the relationship between structure and function, which allows them to gain the necessary knowledge to become active participants in their care.”

Dr. Spight’s education: Dr. Spight completed his undergraduate studies at the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL and went on to receive his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His residency took place at Detroit Medical Center’s Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, and he completed advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management, Spine Technology and Rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, IN.

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Video Transcription

Most injections that we do are with a corticosteroid, or something to decrease inflammation around a particular structure, whether that be a joint or a nerve root. There are other injections that are non-steroid containing, and when we try to augment the body’s anatomy by perhaps heating a nerve that goes to an arthritic joint. There are some injections that we do even putting cement in the fractured vertebrae to try to help with pain. So injections work in a multitude of different ways from decreasing inflammation to providing stability to a fractured vertebrae. OK, so injections of the spine are used for diagnostic purposes, helping us to render a diagnosis – what structure or structures are causing the pain. And then sometimes injections are used to treat some spinal disorders. But we use it to diagnose and to treat.



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