4 Common Pain Conditions That Improve After an Epidural Steroid Injection

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Epidural steroid injections

Unfortunately, back and neck pain will affect most adults at some point in their lives. There are so many different factors that contribute to back and neck pain including staying in the same position for long periods of time, poor posture, heavy lifting and the wear and tear put on tissue and joints.

One form of treatment for pain associated with pinched and inflamed nerves are epidural steroid injections (ESI). Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive procedure administered to relieve pain caused by pinched or inflamed nerves. This procedure is frequently used to successfully treat chronic pain.

Epidural steroid injections are used to help reduce swelling and inflammation commonly caused by the following 4 pain conditions:

Sciatica

The most common sciatica symptom is pain beginning in the lower back and travelling to the back of the leg, and sometimes to the foot and toes. Sciatica pain starts from the sciatic nerve.

Disc Herniation

One of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc. A herniated disc is caused when the outer ring of a disc ruptures causing the center of the disc to push through, irritating the surrounding nerve tissue and causing pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis involves the narrowing of the spinal canal or nerve root canals. The narrowing of the spinal canal can put pressure upon the spinal nerves and nerve roots which can cause a number of symptoms. Some of those symptoms include lower back pain, cramping or lower extremity pain.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Although the name implies it, degenerate disc disease is not really a disease. Rather, degenerative disc disease describes the normal changes that occur in our spinal discs as we age. Degenerative disc disease may not always be associated with pain.

The best way to determine the severity of your condition and treatment options is to talk with an experienced medical professional. If you are experiencing neck, back and joint pain, set an appointment with one of the physicians at IMS Pain Management to help you find the best treatment options for you.

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