One author (W.B.M.) reviewed the CPT-4 codes for each study year (Table 1) to identify those that were believed to reflect the most common types of spinal injection procedures that radiologists perform, including lumbar discography (CPT-4 code 62290), cervical discography (CPT-4 code 62291), disk aspiration and/or injection (CPT-4 code 62287), epidural steroid injection (nonselective epidural injection or selective nerve root injection; CPT-4 code 62289 for lumbar injection or 62298 for cervical or thoracic injection), and facet and/or perifacet joint injection (CPT-4 code 64442) (31–34). These procedure codes remained unchanged from 1993 to 1999
I would like to know your thoughts on these injections, do you feel the risks and side effects (long term) are worth the little pain control they provide?
Do your Pt's feel they really help and how long do you feel they are safe to receive?
The paravertebral facet nerve injections which I call lumber nerve root for short, give about three months of pain relief. This is totally worth it for patients in pain.They are safe to be administered as frequently as 3-4 times/ year.
I am not exaggerating when I say that patients come pleading for them.
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