Epidural Steroid Injections

Epidural steroid injections are a minimally invasive procedure commonly used for treating chronic pain in the neck, back, arms, and legs. This pain relief treatment involves injecting a combination of corticosteroid and anesthetic into the epidural space, which is the area surrounding the spinal cord and nerves.

At SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine Doctors, our team of experienced pain management specialists uses epidural steroid injections to alleviate pain caused by inflammation or swelling of the nerve roots, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or sciatica. The injection of corticosteroids helps to reduce inflammation, swelling, and irritation, while the anesthetic helps to provide immediate pain relief. We offer cervical epidural steroid injections, transforaminal epidural steroid injections & lumbar epidural steroid injections.

Epidural Steroid Injection Procedure Overview

During the procedure, the patient will lie on their stomach or side on an x-ray table, and the skin on the back will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Using an x-ray or fluoroscopy, the pain management specialist will guide a needle through the skin and into the epidural space. Once the needle is in the correct position, a small amount of contrast dye is injected to confirm proper placement. The medication is then slowly injected into the epidural space.

After the procedure, patients will be monitored in a recovery area for a short period to ensure that there are no complications. The patient may experience some mild discomfort or numbness for several hours after the injection, but this should subside quickly. It is also important to rest for the first 24 hours after the injection and to avoid strenuous activity or lifting heavy objects for a few days.

The effects of epidural steroid injections can vary depending on the individual, but many patients experience significant pain relief for several weeks or months. The procedure can be repeated if necessary, but it is important to space out injections to prevent potential side effects of corticosteroid overuse, such as osteoporosis, weight gain, and high blood sugar.

If you are suffering from chronic pain in the neck, back, arms, or legs, epidural steroid injections may be an effective pain relief treatment for you. Contact SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine Doctors to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management specialists and to learn more about how epidural steroid injections can improve your quality of life.