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Posted : May 7, 2009
Hi, will I be able to continue diving if I opt for spinal facet injections as the long term treatment for lower back pain.
I've had some minor lower back and occasional hip pain for couple of years which is relieved with short sit down, earlier this year I decided to get it checked out.

An MRI indicated that a narrow spinal canal and a slightly misaligned lumbar vertibrae was putting pressure on the nerves.

The treatment received to date (Feb'09) has been a spinal Cortisone injection, this was administered as part of the diagnosis and to offer short-medium term relief. I have been given the the option of Facet injections for longer term relief.
Posted : May 8, 2009
Thanks for the query.

It is possible to dive after these sorts of injections. The issue would simply be whether they give you enough relief to allow you to manage gear lifting, ladders etc. The agents used (steroids, local anaesthetics) won't cause any harm when you dive.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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