Are Injections Painful? [Video]
Ask the Expert: Injections Video Series
About the video: Will the injection be painful?
Patients often wonder whether or not an injection will be painful. Summit Orthopedics’ experts Pooja Mundrati, D.O. and Catherine Choi, M.D. answer that question.
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.
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.
Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise
Summit Orthopedics’ spine care 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.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More resources for you
- Watch the video: Spinal Injections and What to Expect
- Ask Dr. Santos: How Do Injections Help Diagnose Back Pain?
- Meet Pain Interventionalist Dr. Catherine Choi
- Ask Dr. Santos: Tips for Fast Back Pain Relief
So some patients wonder if the injection will be painful. And a lot of times the most uncomfortable part is the numbing medication that we put in, because that’s a little bit of a – it’s a smaller needle that we put in, but the local anesthetic can cause a little burning as it gets going in. But then that numbs the area. And then we usually place the spinal needles through that, and generally it usually feels like pressure as we get to our target area. Everybody’s response to injection varies, and so we tell patients it really depends on your pain threshold. For example, some patients, when they have the injection, they’re surprised that the injection went so smoothly. And by the time we’re done, they say, “What, that was it? We’re all done?” And they’re very surprised. Other patients will be very nervous about the procedure, and starting from the very beginning, when we do the local anesthetic, they may have a lot of discomfort. So I would say that it varies person to person depending on your anatomy and your pain threshold.
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