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What is Injection Therapy?

Injection therapy is used to help provide relief from spine, nerve, and muscle pain. Our pain specialists perform many types of injections. Injections are tailored to each patient's condition and presenting symptoms. Our specialists are fellowship trained and board certified.

Lumbar epidural injections
Treats lower back and leg pain. Steroid and anesthetic medications are injected into the lumbar epidural space. The steroid (cortisone) reduces inflammation. The anesthetic (Lidocaine) immediately decreases pain.

Transforaminal injections
Treats spine and extremity pain. Spinal nerve roots exit vertebrae through tiny openings called foramina. A transforaminal injection targets compressed, irritated, and inflamed nerve roots. Steroid and anesthetic medications are injected into the transforaminal epidural space.

Lumbar sympathetic injections
Treats lower extremity pain. Anaesthetic medication is injected near pain signaling lumbar sympathetic nerves. Pain signals are blocked and pain decreases very quickly.

Stellate ganglion injections
Treats upper extremity pain. Anaesthetic medication is injected near pain signaling cervical (neck) sympathetic nerves. Pain signals are blocked and pain decreases very quickly.

Selective nerve root blocks
Treats irritated and inflamed cervical, thoracic, and lumbar nerve roots. Steroid and anesthetic medications are injected. Pain relief occurs quickly.

Trigger point injections
Treats muscle pain and tension. Steroid and anesthetic medications are injected into muscle trigger points and knots. Muscles and nerves relax and the pain decreases quickly.

What Conditions Does Injection Therapy Treat?

Injection Therapy treats: Scheduling and attending an initial consultation is the first step toward receiving an injection therapy treatment solution. A complete medical history will be obtained, a physical examination will be performed, medical imaging tests will be ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis will be made. A customized injection therapy treatment plan will be created just for you.

Anthony Virella, MD

Anthony Virella, MD

Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center. Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.

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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?

People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns.

Read: A Letter To Patients From Dr. Virella

Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be - on you.

You've already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088) or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don't let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

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