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Epidural Steroid Injections 2017-03-31T19:43:28+00:00

What is a Epidural Injection?

Epidural Steroid injections are medication used to treat back pain in the lower back. They can also be used to treat the neck, mid-spine and leg pain associated with sciatica.

The steroid medication is injected into the area around the sac of nerve roots, known as the dura. Before an epidural steroid injection is given, the skin is numbed with a local anesthetic. The treatment is successful at providing pain relief for about half of all patients, though pain relief is temporary. Some patients may experience pain relief for about a week, while others may experience relief for up to a year from a single epidural injection.

The steroids reduce inflammation around the are of the spine, making epidural steroid injections a useful treatment option for a number of conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, and spinal stenosis. Patients are typically limited to no more than three steroid epidural steroid injections a year.

Am I a good candidate for a facet block injection?

You may be a good candidate for a epidural steroid injections if you have tried more conservative pain relief methods such as pain medication and are still experiencing pain or you would like to try one more pain relief method before resorting to surgery.

Used To Treat These Conditions

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis

When a bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, it’s know as spondylolisthesis.

Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is most often an age-related condition, resulting from the normal wear and tear of the body.

How will I feel after epidural steroid injections?

You may experience immediate temporary relief after the procedure that could last up to several hours. Once the numbing agent wears off, your pain may return. This does not mean that the steroid did not help. The steroid medication typically takes up to 10 days to begin having an effect in most people.

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