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CT-guided spinal infiltrations are a treatment method for spine pain caused by herniated discs, wear and tear, or inflammation. In this procedure, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medications are injected directly into the affected nerves or joints under CT guidance using a thin needle. The treatment is minimally painful, fast, and effective.

Before opting for CT-guided spinal infiltration, consider the following points:

  • Inform your doctor about all medications you are taking, especially blood-thinning medications like Aspirin, Sintrom, or Marcoumar. These may need to be discontinued before treatment to reduce the risk of bleeding.
  • Disclose any allergies you have, especially to contrast agents, anesthetics, or corticosteroids. These can trigger allergic reactions, which, in rare cases, can be life-threatening.
  • The treatment is not suitable for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as the medications can enter the bloodstream or breast milk.
  • Potential side effects of the treatment include pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, headaches, nausea, or numbness. These are usually temporary and subside after a few hours or days. In rare cases, more serious complications may occur, such as infections, nerve damage, or bleeding. If you experience severe pain, fever, paralysis, or other unusual symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

If you choose CT-guided spinal infiltration, follow these steps:

  • Schedule an appointment with your doctor or a specialized clinic. The treatment can be done on an outpatient basis and does not require a referral.
  • Bring all documents your doctor provided, such as X-rays or lab results.
  • Lie down on the CT table in a prone or supine position. Your doctor will disinfect and numb the treatment area. Subsequently, using the CT image for guidance, they will place the needle in the correct location and administer the medication. The procedure takes between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • After the treatment, you will be observed for a maximum of half an hour. Then, you can leave the clinic. However, you should not drive or engage in heavy physical activities on your own. Have a companion pick you up or take you home.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions regarding the use of painkillers or other medications after the treatment. Attend the scheduled follow-up appointments and report any changes in your condition to your doctor.