If you have been suffering from chronic back pain or sciatica, and have tried oral medication but found no relief, there are now a variety of minimally invasive treatment options to help you. Injections, nerve blocks and many other interventional pain management procedures allow thousands of chronic pain patients obtain lasting relief.
Epidural Steroid Injection
Back pain is frequently caused due to pinched or irritated spinal nerves. This occurs when a disc herniates or bulges out of its position or when the facet joints degenerate or due to spinal stenosis.
The injection delivers a steroid medication, sometimes with a local anesthetic and saline, into the epidural space. This provides instant pain relief by flushing out the inflammation causing substances out of the spine’s epidural space.
The Injection Procedure
The epidural steroid injection is 15-30 minutes long, outpatient procedure. After the procedure, you would be asked to rest for a few minutes before you leave.
Benefits of the Epidural Steroid Injection
While you will start feeling complete relief after a few days, the relief will typically last between a few months to a year. However, your doctor may recommend a series of injections, spread over a few weeks, to provide complete relief.