Injection Relief [Video]

Ask the Expert: Injections Video Series

About the video: How long can I expect relief from my injection?

Summit Orthopedics’ experts Andrew Clary, D.O., Catherine Choi, M.D. and Pooja Mundrati, D.O. discuss variables that might affect the amount of time a person can expect to feel relief from injections.

Meet Dr. Andrew Clary

Dr. Clary’s approach: “I want to learn about you, your interests, and help you get back to the life you want to live.”

Dr. Clary’s background: Dr. Clary completed his undergraduate studies in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University. After earning his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for both an Anesthesiology-focused residency and an Interventional Pain Medicine fellowship.

Meet Dr. Catherine Choi

Dr. Choi’s approach: “My philosophy in treating my patient is to provide personalized spine education,  review comprehensive treatment options and work together in determining the best path for you.”

Dr. Choi’s education: After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL, she graduated with her medical degree from the Chicago, IL branch of the University of Illinois. She remained in Chicago for advanced medical training, completing an Internal Medicine Internship at West Suburban Hospital as well as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation training at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Choi also participated in the University of Chicago’s Interventional Pain Management Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care.

Meet Dr. Pooja Mundrati

Dr. Mundrati’s approach: “Initially, I hope to help my patients understand what’s going on so that together we can choose the best treatment plan. Ultimately, my goal is to help my patients get better and get them back to what they enjoy.”

Dr. Mundrati’s education: Dr. Mundrati studied at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate in Chicago, Illinois. After earning her degree, she completed medical school at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. Following her residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange and an internship at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, she participated in the Interventional Spine and Sports Fellowship program at Desert Spine and Sports Physicians in Phoenix, Arizona.

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Summit Orthopedics’ Spinecare program is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the comprehensive expertise of our patient-centered care. Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

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Video Transcription

So, relief to injections is something that is variable. It depends on the type of patient, it depends on the structures that are affected, it depends on the years the progress has been happening. For epidural injections, I typically tell my patients that the relief can be a few months, a few days, or as long as a few years, or maybe even forever. They might just need one injection so that they can continue in physical therapy, and then the condition will resolve itself and they might not need any other interventions. If the pain is coming from the facet joints, and we’re doing procedures like burning the nerves to the facet joint – that we expect to last about three to six months. But the nerves are very, very small and they do regenerate, and so I expect that patient to come back anywhere from six months to a couple of years to tell me that that same pain has returned. And then we would do the same injection and burning over again. You know, it really depends what we’re trying to target in the spine with that type of injection – and what else is going on in the spine. So, for that reason, it can have variable duration of effect.

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