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Pain Injections

In Phoenix Arizona

At Atlas Pain Specialists we work with patients to help alleviate pain with the help of Pain Injections. We try to find the right solutions on a patient-to-patient basis.
What Are Pain Injections


Pain injections, such as those containing steroids, are a synthetic version of hormones that are normally produced by the adrenal glands, two small glands found above the kidneys. When steroids are injected into a joint or muscle, they can reduce redness and swelling (inflammation) in the nearby area. This can help relieve your stiffness and pain in that area.
Also known as corticosteroid injections, steroid injections, are medications used to help reduce inflammation. Patients suffering from joint pain, arthritis, sciatica, and inflammatory bowel disease may be given a steroid injection. These injections are given by healthcare professionals. Here are some examples: triamcinolone, hydrocortisone, and methylprednisolone.
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Benefits of 
Pain Injections

Reduce Inflammation

Pain can often be a result inflammation inside the body. Many times, there's no visible physical injury. Inflammation will cause the space in our bodies becomes tight, and nerves become compressed. When this happens you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness. It can even cause a loss of sensation in some areas of the body. Pain injections reduce inflammation by administering anti-inflammatory medicines into the affected joints or muscles.

Lasting Pain Relief

When you take a pain reliever to manage your pain the results generally only last a few hours that is followed by unpleasant side effects. However. pain injections the pain relief can extend a few months to a year or more. While it may take a few days or weeks for the pain injection to work, the results are longer lasting than taking pain relievers. You also can return for multiple injections over a specific period of time (there is a threshold).


Injections are an excellent alternative to surgery. Surgery generally requires a few days to a few months of recovery, while pain injections are typically an out-patient procedure and cause minimal recovery time. In many cases, you can return to your daily routine the next day.

Insurances May Cover Cost

Many pain management clinics accept insurances, including us, Atlas Pain Specialists. While there is no guarantee that your insurance provider will cover your pain injection many will cover either all or some of the costs. Check with your insurance provider and ask them what they cover.

Types of Injections


Types of Pain Management Injections and Their Benefits

Pain management injections are an effective way to reduce or eliminate pain without relying on medications or surgical treatments. These injections involve a needle that is inserted into the affected area, and the injection delivers medication directly to the source of pain.

Injections are often used in a variety of medical conditions, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, and sport injuries.

The most common types of pain management injections include epidural steroid, nerve blocks, joint injections, trigger point injections, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

  • Epidural Steroid Injections
    This is an effective form of pain management, which involves injecting steroids directly into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord. This injection helps reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the lower back, neck, and other areas. The steroid injection is usually done by a doctor or a medical specialist and can be beneficial to those who suffer from chronic pain.
  • Nerve Blocks
    Nerve blocks are another from pain management injection that helps to block the transmission of nerve pain signals to the brain. This type of injection is usually done in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy or medications. Depending on the type of nerve block used. It can provide temporary or long-term relief from nerve pain.
  • Joint Injections
    Joint injections, also known as corticosteroid injections, are a type of injection that helps by reducing inflammation and pain. The injections are usually done directly into the joint, providing short-to long term relief from joint pain. Common side effects of joint injections include temporary redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as a possible risk of infection. It is important to note that a qualified doctor or medical specialist should only do joint injections.
  • Trigger Point Injections (TPI)
    Trigger point injections, also known as trigger point therapy, are injections that help to reduce pain in the muscles. This injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic into specific trigger points within the body, which helps block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Trigger point injections can provide temporary or long-term relief from chronic muscle pain.

  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
    These types of injections are derived from the patient's own blood. The platelets are isolated from the blood and then injected to the affected area. This helps to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and reduce pain. PRP injections usually last up to six months.

By understanding the different types of pain management injections available, you can better determine which type is best for your specific situation. Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, neck pain, or joint pain, these injections can provide much-needed relief. Talk to your doctor or medical specialist today to learn more about the different types of injections and how they may be able to help you manage your pain.

When to Consider Effective Treatment

When dealing with chronic pain, discomfort, or inflammation, pain injection is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a local anesthetic, steroid, or medication directly into the affected area. This form of treatment not only offers immediate relief, it can also provide long-term, lasting results.

If you’ve been dealing with chronic pain or discomfort, here are some of the signs that indicate pain injections could be the best solution for you:

  • You’ve been dealing with chronic pain for more than 6 months
    If your pain has lasted for more than 6 months, Dr. Sean Ormond may recommend pain injections as part of your treatment regimen.
  • You’ve exhausted other treatments
    If you’ve already tried other treatments and haven’t seen the results you were hoping for, pain injection may be the next step.
  • You’re dealing with a specific condition
    Pain injection is an effective treatment for specific conditions, such as arthritis, spine injuries, nerve damage, back pain, headaches, and general chronic pain or inflammation.

Suppose you’re dealing with any of the above issues and have been considering pain injection. In that case, Dr. Sean Ormond can help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific diagnosis and situation.

Contact Atlas Pain Specialists today to learn more about your injection therapy and schedule your appointment with Dr. Ormond.

Common Treatments For Neck Pain

After a comprehensive medical history and physical examination, your doctor may recommend one or more imaging treatments and tests to help diagnose your neck pain. Medical imaging includes X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and electromyography.

A specialist may be recommended by your doctor based on the results. Neck pain treatments include:

  • Postural fixes and posture correctors
  • Nerve Flossing
  • Myofascial release
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • neck collar/brace
  • Physiotherapy, posture correctors, and painkillers (or medicines, if you have an infection), as necessary.
  • corticosteroid injections
  • Surgery, which is rarely necessary

Alternative therapies include:

  • chiropractic treatment
  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Always consult a qualified medical expert before trying any of these techniques. You should not wear a collar or brace for your neck unless your medical professional advises it. Your condition may get even more severe if you don't take them exactly as prescribed.

At Atlas Pain Specialists, our speciality is identifying the root cause of your pain so that we can have an informed conversation about the best course of treatment, regardless of whether it is intermittent or chronic.

At-Home Treatment Tips For Your Neck Pain

Most cases of neck pain can be traced back to the cumulative effects of years of slouching and age-related wear and tear. Some minor tweaks in your daily routine may help reduce neck pain.

Consider trying to:

  • Practice good posture.
  • Sleep in a healthy position.
  • Adjust your desk, chair, and computer to make the monitor eye-level.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid carrying heavy shoulder bags.
  • Stay active.

The following are some easy remedies for mild neck pain or stiffness:

  • During the first several days, ice should be applied often. After that, try using a heating pad, hot compress, or a hot shower to bring relief.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, especially sports, for a few days. When symptoms subside, gradually increase activities.
  • Change your posture frequently.
  • Get your neck massaged gently.
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Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is a common problem that can cause significant physical and emotional distress. When you have chronic pain, you may experience pain every day, even after the original injury or illness has healed. This can be difficult to cope with, both physically and emotionally. Approximately 25% of people with chronic pain will develop chronic pain syndrome (CPS), which is characterized by symptoms beyond pain, like depression and anxiety. This can make it difficult to live your life normally.
Chronic Pain Treatments
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Neck Pain
The neck (or cervical spine) is a coordinated network of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles. It has the important job of providing protection and mobility to the brain, but often it can become painful. There are a number of conditions that cause pain in the neck. Inflammation along nerve pathways in the spine can be responsible for shoulder, head, arm, and/or hand pain. Additionally, inflammation of the spinal cord may cause pain in the legs and other areas of the body. In a few days or weeks, neck pain usually goes away, but pain that lasts for months may signify an underlying medical cause that needs to be addressed. In such cases, early intervention may be necessary for the best results.
Neck Pain Treatments

Pain Conditions that Injections Can Treat

Here are some of the common pain conditions that pain injections can treat. Atlas Pain Specialists reviews each case separately and find the best pain management solution.
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