If you have had ongoing pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow, you know how painful it can be. Most likely, it is probably already affecting your life, and there are things you have stopped doing. If you have tried other things to reduce the pain, and they did not work, it is time to contact an interventional pain management center for minimally invasive techniques that work.
- Lateral Epicondyle Injection (for Tennis Elbow)
The elbow is where the three bones of your upper and lower arm meet. At the end of the upper arm bone, the humerus, there are two bumps called epicondyle. These two bumps are places where the connective tissue makes contact. The outside bump is called the lateral epicondyle.
After a thorough exam, the doctor may give you a lateral epicondyle injection. This is a cortisone injection that is injected into the cartilage between the bones. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammation medication and will reduce swelling. It also contains some anesthetic to provide instant pain relief.
- Medial Epicondyle Injection (for Golfer’s Elbow)
The medial epicondyle is the bone on the inside of your elbow on your upper arm. Golfers will often feel pain in this part of the elbow.
After a careful diagnosis, and only after other common pain solutions have been tried by the patient, the doctor may give you a medial epicondyle injection. This injection will be placed into the point of greatest tenderness. It consists of an anesthetic for instant pain relief, and cortisone to reduce the inflammation. Patients often report getting relief for two to six weeks.
- Median Nerve Block (for Carpal Tunnel)
Many people have symptoms of carpal tunnel. This problem makes it very difficult, and even impossible for some, to use their hands or wrists for any extensive period. The pain is caused by pressure being placed on the nerve that runs through your arm to your wrist and into your hand.
The pain from carpal tunnel can often be remedied by an injection of an anesthetic and cortisone. The anesthetic will provide fast pain relief for several hours, and the cortisone will reduce inflammation, which is putting pressure on the nerve.
- Ulnar Nerve Block
The ulna is one of the bones in your forearm. It is on the thumb side of the arm, and it has a nerve that runs down into your hand from your neck. This nerve can become pressured in your wrist or elbow. An ulnar nerve block can remove the pain.
When performing an ulnar nerve block, the doctor will use an ultrasound device to see the nerves. The injection will contain an anesthetic to numb the pain. It will spread through the area. This nerve block can be performed at the elbow or on the wrist near the thumb.
- Radial Nerve Block
The radial nerve helps transmit pain felt in your triceps, the back of your forearm, and in your wrist. It is on the side of your little finger. A radial nerve block is an injection of an anesthetic given to relieve the pain.
If you have pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow that you cannot get relief for, it may be time to call Lower Back Pain NY, and let us answer your questions. We have several locations in New York City. Our methods are clinically proven to work in most cases. Call us today for a consultation.