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Injections in the Persistent Pain Service

You may have been referred into the PPS by a healthcare professional for consideration of an injection. Injections may be an option discussed with you if you have one specific area of pain that you have had for longer than a year and all other options of pain management have been considered.

Are injections a cure for my pain?

Injections are NOT a cure for your pain and you need to consider that you may not gain any benefit from them. There is no strong evidence for or against injection therapy for persistent back pain (Cochrane Review, 2011). Due to the lack of evidence for the lasting benefit of injections, the PPS can only offer a limited amount of injections for those that meet a criteria.

What will an injection involve?

The British Pain Society advises that injections are only carried out when combined with other self-management strategies for improvement in quality of life. This will mean that if you decide to proceed with having an injection, you will also be required to exercise regularly with guidance from our physiotherapist and attend follow up appointments so that your progress can be assessed. This additional support has been designed to help you focus on improving your physical capabilities and supporting you to engage with daily activities of life.

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