The spine is made of a number of bones called vertebrae. They are connected to one another allowing the spine to move and protecting the spinal cord and nerves. These strong interconnections are made up of intervertebral discs. Due to a variety of reasons, these structures can wear down and, with time, can be a cause of pain.
Spinal injections deliver medicines into or near the spine, normally around the source of pain.
There are two medicines used in spinal injections:
local anaesthetic which is used to block pain from the injected area
steroid which is used to reduce swelling and inflammation in the injected area. The local anaesthetic injection gives an immediate relief while the steroid injection takes effect.
Proposed revisions to the eligibility criteria
Therapeutic Injections for specified Upper Limb and Lower Limb conditions will be offered as part of a range of procedures provided by the Community Pain Management element of the IMSK service.
For patients requiring Therapeutic Injections outside of the scope of procedures offered by the community IMSK service, the CCG will only fund treatment in secondary care if an Individual Funding Request (IFR) application proves exceptional clinical need.