Ultrasound guided injections offer new back pain treatment strategy

Source: Shuang Ho Hospital

Published on 2018-08-20

Patients suffering from lower back pain can benefit from ultrasound guided caudal injection of glucose water, as many patients find that after several injections tightness and soreness in the lower back and legs significantly decreases.

Ultrasound guided injections offer new back pain treatment strategy

Caudal injections can treat lower back pain due to lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis irritating the dural membrane. The doctor places a long needle in the sacral hiatus (to reach the space above the dural membrane in the caudal spinal cavity), and 10-30ml is injected to fill the affected area. Glucose water is a newer option that can be injected with no obvious side effects; while it does not numb the nerves, it can relieve neuropathic pain.

Dr. Lin-Chuan Chou of Rehabilitation Dept.

 Did you know?

Using ultrasound guidance, long needles can be accurately inserted into a correct position while avoiding obvious blood vessels. This reduces bleeding, causes no radiation damage, and is convenient. However, this method of treatment is not advised after spinal fractures, spinal surgeries or spinal deformation, or for patients with abnormal spinal development, tumors or a tendency to bleed. In addition, the injected area may feel sore or swollen after the injection, but this disappears after 1 or 2 days.

Taipei Medical University COVID-19 Special Report: 2020 Wrap-Up

Taipei Medical University (TMU) are blessed to be able to carry on with our core activities in learning and research. And, besides being one of Taiwan’s best medical education providers, TMU is interwoven with the country’s many successes in fighting the pandemic.

Taipei Medical University Feng-Hsing Sociomedical and Medical Knowledge Promotion Service Group’s decade of service in Penghu, an island in Taiwan

The year 2020 will mark TMU Feng-Hsing Sociomedical and Medical Knowledge Promotion Service Group's (臺北醫學大楓杏醫療志工學生服務隊) (abbrev. TMU Feng-Hsing) 10th year of volunteer clinic service in Penghu.

Taipei Medical University students engaging in service learning in a mountain indigenous township despite epidemic and storm

The College of Nutrition, the Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine and the School of Pharmacy work together to lead students in service learning in Jianshi Township (尖石鄉), a mountain indigenous township in Hsinchu County in northern Taiwan, despite epidemic and storm.

Taipei Medical University establishing “OHDSI Taiwan Chapter,” joining global transnational research published in JAMIA

In collaboration with the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI), Taipei Medical University (TMU) established “OHDSI Taiwan Chapter” and participated in the "Uncovering exposures responsible for birth season– disease effects," a global research conducted by experts and scholars from Taiwan, the US, South Korea and other countries.