Epidurals aren’t just given to women during childbirth, in fact they can be used to relieve pain when a steroid is injected. Epidural steroids can be helpful for a number of conditions. Depending on the location of the injection this procedure can help relieve low back and radiating leg pain when performed in the lower back. Alternatively, this injection can be performed in the neck to treat neck and pain radiating to the arms caused by a inflamed nerve in your neck. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions. If you have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or some other problem that’s pressing on a nerve, it may help you.
If you suffer from sciatica and would like additional information on this painful condition, please review our sciatica.If you are interested in or scheduled for an epidural injection and would like additional information on this interventional procedure, please review the videos and frequently asked questions below. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Epidural Steroid Injection FAQ
Epidural Steroid Injection are office-based minimally invasive procedures that take approximately five minutes to perform and may be done under either local anesthesia or sedation. Epidural steroid injections are used to treat pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, upper and lower back, buttocks, and legs that results from irritation or inflammation of spinal nerve roots.
Several medical conditions can be treated using this procedure including: herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, and stenosis (narrowing) of the openings through which nerves exit the spine.
This procedure is done under X-Ray guidance, and a potent long-lasting anti-inflammatory pain medication (steroid) is injected directly to the source of the pain decreasing inflammation, and providing pain relief for several months.