Epidural steroid injections are a common and effective treatment available to patients at Unique Pain Medicine. If you’re seeking help with pain management, please contact our office at 929-363-0303 to schedule a detailed evaluation or book your appointment online today.
An epidural steroid injection is a minimally invasive pain treatment that can help alleviate pain in the lower back, leg, neck and arm. An epidural injection can be administered in the back (lumbar epidural) or neck (cervical epidural), depending on your symptoms.
Epidural Steroid Injections are safe to use on a variety of back, neck, and nerve pain conditions. Most patients find that the injection provides much-needed relief during acute pain episodes.
For some patients, 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. Pain relief from an epidural steroid injection can range from a few weeks to one year or more. Pain management is situational, and every patient is unique. Schedule a detailed evaluation today to help us fully understand your specific needs and formulate a treatment plan.
Typical Benefits Of Epidural Steroid Injections
- Reduction of pain, stiffness, numbness and tingling.
- Improvement in function and mobility.
- Reduction in pain medication.
- Reduction of inflammatory proteins (chemicals contributing to pain exacerbation.)
- Avoidance of surgery.
Epidural Injection Procedure – Lumbar Epidural and Cervical Epidural
An Epidural injection is a minimally invasive office based procedure. It typically takes 10 minutes, and there is no downtime after. It can be done with local anesthesia, or intravenous sedation for comfort if desired. During an epidural injection, a small needle is inserted into the epidural space with X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). After proper placement of the needle is confirmed, an anti-inflammatory steroid medication is injected through the needle. This will minimize inflammation and swelling in the epidural space, which takes pressure off the nerves and soft tissues, and allows healing to begin. Some patients may feel better right away, but it generally takes a few days for inflammation to subside. Patients may return to work the same day or next day.
Transforaminal Epidural Injection Procedure for Sciatica
This is a minimally invasive office based procedure that is done for patients suffering from sciatica and herniated disks. Patients typically complain of pain, numbness and tingling in the buttocks that travels into the leg. This procedure usually takes 10 minutes, and can be done with local anesthesia or intravenous sedation for comfort if requested. Using X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy), a small needle is placed into the epidural space near the inflamed nerve root. After appropriate placement of the needle is confirmed by X-ray, a local anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory steroid medication is injected around the inflamed nerve roots. Some patients report immediate relief, but it typically takes a few days for inflammation to subside. Patients may return to work the same day or next day.
Conditions Treated With Epidural Injections
Epidural steroid injections reduce inflammation related to back, neck or leg pain. Several conditions that cause acute or chronic pain from nerve irritation can be treated with epidural steroid injections.
Conditions treated with Epidural Injections include:
- Lower back pain
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar radicular pain
- Lumbar disc bulge/herniation
- Neck Pain
- Cervical disk bulge/herniation
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Cervical radicular pain
- Cervical spinal stenosis
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