Epidural steroid injections are a nonsurgical treatment designed to alleviate pain caused by a variety of spinal conditions. There are two main types of injections.
This approach allows your medication to spread through the epidural space. Translaminar injections aren’t root-specific. If foraminal stenosis exists, injected medications may not exit the foramen.
This approach uses injection therapy medications around nerve roots at the exact site of your inflammation.
The injections deliver a long-lasting steroid and an anesthetic agent to the irritated or inflamed spinal nerve that’s causing you pain.
The goal of epidural steroid injections is to reduce pain so that you can resume your normal activities and start or continue physical therapy. Epidural steroid injections are commonly used in conjunction with a rehabilitation program to provide additional pain relief.
Epidural steroid injections can relieve symptoms associated with many spinal conditions, including, but not limited to:
Epidural steroid injections deliver medication directly, or very close to, the source of your pain. Alternative short-term pain relief treatments like oral steroids and painkillers are a less-direct treatment.
Since most pain originates from chemical inflammation, epidural steroid injections can target local inflammation while also getting rid of inflammatory proteins and chemicals that may worsen your pain.
Epidural steroid injections are safe, but there are some potential risks to be noted, including:
Sometimes, you may experience side effects from the actual epidural steroid used in treatment. This is rare and occurs much less frequently than side effects associated with oral steroids.
Some of the potential side effects include:
At Glaser Pain Relief Center, Dr. Glaser discusses your medical history with you, performs a physical exam, and analyzes your symptoms to determine whether epidural steroid injections are a good treatment option for you.
If you have back or neck pain, don’t jump straight to spine surgery. Contact Glaser Pain Relief Center to discuss nonsurgical treatment options.
Nonsurgical treatment options are often the way to go to when it comes to back and neck pain. At Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, specializes in minimally invasive treatment options for pain. Dr. Glaser offers epidural steroid injections to alleviate many different symptoms of pain along your spinal cord. This quick, simple procedure can significantly improve painful conditions and get you back to being productive without chronic pain. To find out more about this helpful treatment option, call or make an appointment online today.