The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.
I am interested in locating providers in the North Texas area for my clients who I serve in the home environment as I am a Physical Therapist. So much of the internet sites for chronic pain physician groups are not exposing their expertise to the general public who view their website. They only talk about steroid shots and TENS units or in some instances CES ( cranial electrical stimulation). I would appreciate some guidance about what credentials to look for when looking for a qualified provider who can treat areas like the scalene muscles; the first rib area; the quadratus lumborum; and pectoralis minor. I want someone who is very through and is using state of the art techniques, because MORE than HALF of my clients do not receive sustainable relief with a traditional steroid shot or facet block injection.
Sounds like you are looking for someone to do myofascial pain work. For that, I would suggest they would be a member of the
International Myopain Society
The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. ~Thomas Edison Side Effects (A to Z) of Cortisone Injections Now, here is an expanded list of side effects from Cortisone injections. This information is freely available at sites like The length of this list, as well as, the comprehensive nature of potential side effects should cause you to think twice about your decision. It may seem harmless at first, but it will have damaging affects on your body that you may not realize for months or years to come.