Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural Steroid Injections are safe to use on a variety of back pain, neck pain, and nerve pain conditions.
EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONSAn epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive pain treatment that can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain.
Safe for many areas of the body
Epidural Steroid Injections are safe to use on a variety of back pain, neck pain, and nerve pain conditions and many patients find the injection provides much-needed relief during acute pain episodes. For some individuals, an epidural steroid injection alone reduces back or neck discomfort enough to return to normal activities. For others, epidural steroid injections are used in combination with rehabilitation, such as physical therapy.
TYPICAL BENEFITS OF EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS
Pain relief from an epidural steroid injection can range from one week to one year or more.
How Epidural Injections Work
The epidural injection procedure
During a steroid injection, a small needle is inserted into the epidural space with X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). After proper placement of the needle is confirmed, a corticosteroid, in combination with a local anesthetic pain medication, is injected through the needle. The purpose of the corticosteroid is to minimize inflammation and swelling in the epidural space, which takes pressure off the nerves and soft tissues to provide pain relief over time. The anesthetic pain medication provides immediate relief and flushes out inflammatory proteins that may exacerbate pain.