An Epidural Steroid Injection is a slightly invasive procedure that can help reduce neck, arm, back and leg pain arising from inflamed spinal nerves. Epidural spinal injection can also be helpful in relieving pain caused by spinal stenosis, and disc herniation. Medicines are delivered to the spinal nerve through the epidural space; the space between the shell of the spinal nerves and the bony vertebrae. The pain relief from epidural spinal Stenosis may last for several months or even in years. The basic objective of epidural spinal injections is to relieve pain, to continue with your normal activities and physical therapy program.
What is an Epidural Steroid Injection?
The steroid Injection comprises of both Corticosteroid and anesthetic numbing solution. The drugs are administered into the epidural space of the spine. Corticosteroid injections are helpful in reducing inflammation and can be potent when delivered straight into the painful area. Unluckily the Corticosteroid injections are not helpful in shrinking the herniated disc. The only function of Corticosteroid injection is to flush out the protein deposits that cause swelling. The pain relief may last from days to year, making your spinal condition to recover by physical therapy and exercise program
Who is a candidate?
Patients with pain in the neck, arm, low back and leg including sciatica can be benefit from epidural steroid injections. The patients suffering from certain specific conditions are the best candidate for Epidural Steroid Injections
Spinal Stenosis; a condition when the spinal canal and the nerve root canal shrinks and cause severe back pain and leg pain while walking
Spondylolysis; arise from fracture between the upper or the lower disc of the vertebrae. Sometimes due to fracture the disc might slip forward and compress the nerve root causing pain
Herniated disc; the gel like substance within the center of the disc can leak or spread through the cracked area in the surrounding. Irritation, pain and swelling occur when the center part comes in contact with the spinal nerves
Degenerative disc; A wear and tear of the intervertebral disc causing one disc to topple over another
Sciatica Pain; pain that spreads along the sciatica nerve in the buttocks and down the legs, often caused by compression of spinal nerves
Epidural steroid injections have proven to be helpful for patients for treating discussed conditions. It also helps us diagnose whether surgery might be beneficial for pain arising from Herniated disc