Epidural steroid injections
Lumbar Epidural Injection
If you suffer from chronic low back pain, leg pain, buttock pain or sciatica that has failed improve with time and/or conservative therapy, you many be a candidate for this quick and simple treatment option.
What is a Lumbar Epidural Injection?
A lumbar epidural injection (aka lumbar epidural steroid injection or LESI) is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment. LESIs have been used to treat certain types of low back pain, buttock pain, leg pain and sciatica for decades. It is a procedure very similar to the epidural a woman will receive to deal with the pain associated with childbirth. With a lumbar epidural injection your doctor will place a small amount of anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space NEAR the spine – not on it or in it. This will relieve swelling, inflammation but most importantly – PAIN.
The most commonly treated conditions treated with LESIs are:
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Chronic low back and/or buttock pain
- Spinal stenosis
Lumbar Radiculopathy is a shooting back pain that travels into the buttock, legs(s) or even the feet and toes. People will often describe the feeling as numbness or a pins and needles sensation. This is the result of the spinal cord and or cervical nerve roots becoming compressed – typically from a lumbar disc herniation or spondylosis (arthritis of the facet joints). This causes the nerves to become irritated and pain to subsequently radiate down the shoulder or arm (along the path of the affected nerve).