An Intradiscal Injection may be administered to treat pain believed to be radiating from one or more spinal discs. The drug used is usually a long-lasting cortisone type of medication, which includes a steroid.
The purpose of the injection is to reduce pain and inflammation, although the steroid can take anything between a few days and a few weeks to take effect. As part of the process, an antibiotic is given via an IV before the procedure, to minimize the chance of infection. The needle is positioned using the assistance of X-Ray and following local anesthesia to numb the area. The patient may experience some discomfort during the injection, but this is normal.