What is the role of injections in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical low back pain?

Updated: Mar 06, 2018
  • Author: Everett C Hills, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Selective nerve root blocks and intradiskal injections are 2 diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for identifying the location of a possible pain generator. [6, 7] These interventions depend on the patient's self-report of pain during or after the procedure. Some clinicians videotape the patient's reaction to the injection to correlate the patient's response (subjective) with the physical response (objective).


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