Epidural Injections for Pain Relief

Epidural Injections for Pain Relief

Chronic pain patients are not always able to obtain significant relief with medication and physical therapy. The next step in pain management is epidural steroid injections.

An epidural injection delivers powerful steroid medication along with an anesthetic into the outer layer of the spine. The injection is administered with the helps of X-ray to precisely direct the needle into the space around the spine (epidural space).

The anesthetic produces instant relief while the steroid medication relieves inflammation of the affected nerve, resulting in long-term relief.

Conditions treated with Epidural Injections

Epidural injections can be used to relieve pain in chronic conditions such as:

  • Ruptured/herniated disc(s)
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Radiating pain from the spine

If or a loved one is experiencing chronic pain and the treatment options, you have tried so far, are not able to bring you the relief you need, consult a pain management doctor about epidural injections.

Epidural steroid injections provide short-term nerve pain relief but this is longer than any oral medication. This is also a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure, so you can go back to your daily life and work almost immediately. However, your doctor may ask you to rest for a day and avoid strenuous activities or jobs for a few more days.

Pain specialists can help you obtain lasting relief with minimally invasive treatment options, often available as outpatient procedures with minimal downtime.