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Epidural Steroid Injection

   *Cervical *Lumbar *Thoracic

EPIDURAL STEROID INJECTIONS are used to treat a number of painful spinal conditons including:

  • D​isc Herniations

  • Radiculopathies (pinched spinal nerves)

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome


These may be used for the Cervical (neck), Thoracic(midback),  

Lumbar (low back), and Sacral areas of the spine. This is not an

injection of pain medication, but an actual treatment for sciatica

from disc hernations or spinal stenosis and other conditions.  

In the case of disc herniations and the sciatica they cause,

epidural steroid injections may be curative in many cases.  This is

due to the dilution of chemical substances which leak onto nerves

from the nucleus of the discs.  They can also, in some cases,

relieve the pressure on nerves after an acute herniation. For other conditions they may provide up to months of relief and may be repeated up to several times per year if necessary.


First, you will be laying comfortably face down with local or IV anesthesia.  Using a form of real-time X-ray (fluoroscopy) a thin

needle is safely guided to an area of the spine near the inflamed

nerve and disc herniation. Then a solution of fluid including one of several types of anti-inflammatory medication called glucocorticoids

is injected around a nerve root or the spinal cord to decrease inflammation.  In the case of disc herniations this may remove the neurotoxic chemicals which have leaked onto the nerve, and provide

long lasting relief of pain. 


In the hands of an experienced Pain Physician using a form of 

X-ray Guidance they are they are not painful.  In most cases they

are performed with local anesthesia to numb the skin, soft tissue,

and muscle, and any pain experienced will be quite mild.


Yes, in the hands of an experienced pain physician they are quite

safe, as the X-ray guidance allows visualizaion of the position of

the needle at all times, ensuring that any serious side effect is

extremely rare.


The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia.  

An injection of a numbing medication is given, and you should then feel very little discomfort during this short procedure. Some patients who are very apprehensive about medical procedures may elect to have the procedure performed with intravenous sedation. 

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