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.
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.