Epidural Blood Patch Injection at Los Angeles Pain Clinic

What is an epidural blood patch?


This is an injection of your own blood into your epidural. The epidural space into which the injection takes place is not your spinal cord but rather right outside of the sack of fluid which contains your spinal nerves.

Who needs this procedure?

Back pain treatment Los AngelesIn some cases patients who have injections and other spinal column may require this procedure. A spinal tap, spinal injection, or the epidural received during labor are conditions under which this procedure is done. There are some cases where patients have a severe headache after these procedures which is typically a sign of a leak of your spinal fluid into this epidural space. The headache itself is not harmful to you but it can be very debilitating and if you experience this headache you can come to a clinic and get the blood patch. This blood patch will inject freshly drawn blood into the space to plug this week. This causes the pain to go away. In some cases this type of procedure is necessary after trauma like a motor vehicle accident.

How long does the procedure take?

The actual injection of your blood takes a few minutes at the Los Angeles pain clinic. But you should allow approximately one and a half hours for the entire procedure to include the time it takes to sign any documents, position yourself in the room, and be observed by a nurse after the procedure.

What medications are used?

The area which is to be injected will receive a local anesthetic so that your skin is numbed. If you require additional sedatives they can be provided by a pain management doctor in Los Angeles.

Is the procedure painful?

You will feel a small injection of local anesthetic using a small needle. This feels like a slight pinch after which you feel a slight burning sensation. But following this the skin will be numb and you will not feel more than a slight pressure at the injection site. If you want to have IV sedation or oral sedation these are both possible.

How is this process completed?

This process is typically completed with the patient lying on her stomach. Their oxygen and blood pressure will be monitored. The skin at the site of the injection will be cleaned using antiseptic solution. A small catheter will be placed into a vein and your pain management specialist in Los Angeles will place the epidural needle into the affected area after they have drawn blood from your vein.

What can I expect after this procedure?

Pain management Los AngelesImmediately after the procedure you might feel slight pressure in your back. This pressure is caused by the new dose of blood in the area. After the initial injection you should rest for 30 minutes. You should be able to stand after 30 minutes. Many patients at the clinic experience relief immediately and after a few hours your body will be able to replenish any of the lost spinal fluid and your headache should get better. After the procedure it is advised that you take one or two days to relax and recover before you go back to work. Unless there are complications you can return to work after one day.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Los Angeles

Platelet Rich Plasma


Los Angeles PRP TherapyPlatelet activation is a key part of the healing process for your wounds. By using platelet rich plasma, or PRP, part of your blood is taken and injected into the wound site to promote better healing of your tendons, joints, muscles, or ligaments.

How long has this process been around?

The use of PRP has been around as early as the 1990’s when injections of patients’ own blood were taken and used during surgery.

The blood which is taken is injected into a centrifuge so that the white blood cells can be increased. Once this is done, the blood is mixed back into the patient so as to increase growth and repair damaged cells.

Is this process safe?

The use of PRP is quite safe and several different clinical studies have demonstrated that using this treatment method to induce faster healing will improve function and decrease pain.

What are the side effects?

Because PRP uses the blood of the patient there are very little reactions associated with the process, if any.

What happens during the process?

If you undergo PRP treatment, your blood will be taken with a needle and then injected, after it has been treated, into the problem area to induce healing.

What happens after?

Immediately after the process patients need to rest and after this, they can enjoy progressive stretching and strengthening to improve the problem area which was healed.

The lower back is made up of a number of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and spinal discs which work together to support your body and allow you to move. The spine naturally forms an “S” shape and when it is in neutral alignment, it supports the rest of your body. LA PRP TherapyIt is important that you use proper posture while sitting and standing so that you can support the spine. Bad posture and injuries can result in back pain. There are different types of pain including acute pain and chronic pain. This pain may be severe and only come at random, or it may be mild and continual, or anything in between. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. The pain you experience could be the result of a back injury such as a slipped disc, sciatica, spondylolithesis, or Piriformis syndrome. If you are experiencing back pain there are many methods of treatment including heat, avoiding sustained postures, avoiding repetitive movements, avoiding heaving lifting, TENS, painkillers, and if those things don’t work: consulting a medical practitioner. There are of course ways in which you can avoid injury. You can watch for warning signs, stretch regularly, utilize good posture at all times, and integrate Pilates into your daily routine. In addition to that, you can utilize ergonomics while you sit at a desk or in a car, while you lift things, and while you are at a work station. All of this things combined can help you to treat existing back pain, recognize signs in the future of back pain, and take preventative measures to stay healthy.