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 347.252.6732 to schedule a detailed evaluation or book your appointment online today.
AN EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTION IS A MINIMALLY INVASIVE PAIN TREATMENT THAT CAN HELP RELIEVE YOUR NECK, ARM, BACK, AND LEG PAIN.
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 one week to one year or more. Pain management is entirely situationally based, schedule a detailed evaluation today to help us fully understand your specific needs.
TYPICAL BENEFITS OF EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS
- Reduction of pain (primarily leg and back pain.)
- Improvement in function and mobility.
- Reduction in pain medication.
- Reduction of inflammatory proteins (chemicals contributing to pain exacerbation.)
- Delay or avoidance of surgery.
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.
CONDITIONS TREATED WITH EPIDURAL INJECTIONS
Epidural steroid injections in the lumbar spine help reduce inflammation related to back pain. Several conditions that cause severe acute or chronic lower back pain and/or leg pain from nerve irritation can be treated with epidural steroid injections.
Conditions treated with Epidural Injections include:
- Lower back pain
- Compression fractures
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar radicular pain
- Lumbar disc bulge/herniation
- Cervical degenerative disc disease
- Cervical radicular pain
- Cervical spinal stenosis
- Annular Tear
- Postherpetic neuralgia