Epidural Injections and Back Pain
Back pain. Approximately ninety percent of us will suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. An epidural steroid injection, also referred to as ESI, has become one of the most common procedures doctors offer for lower back pain. Epidural injections may help to reduce back pain and inflammation.
Am I a Candidate for Epidural Injections?
If you have pain in your neck, arm, lower back or leg (sciatica) you may benefit from ESI. ESI has proven helpful for treatment of the below painful conditions:
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc
Epidural means “around the spinal cord.” Here is a breakdown of what to expect when receiving an epidural injection:
- Your skin will be cleaned and then injected with an anesthetic to numb it
- The doctor will insert a needle through the skin toward your spine
- The doctor will confirm the needle is placed in the epidural space using a machine that provides live X-ray video
- Once the needle is in the correct position, a solution will be injected into the epidural space—the solution contains a steroid medicine
Most people will experience mild tenderness a few days after receiving an epidural injection, but it is usually not painful.
An epidural spinal injection is not typically considered a cure for back pain but rather a treatment tool. ESIs can provide you with improvement in pain and function that may last several months or longer. They are often times coupled with other treatments such as physical therapy and medications to aid in prolonging the effects.
IMS Pain Management understands the complexity of back pain and offers a variety of treatment options for you to find relief today. To schedule an appointment please visit IMS Pain Management online.