Epidural steroid injections deliver powerful, pain relieving corticosteroids in the epidural space near the spinal cord. They help to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected area.
Benefits of Epidural Steroid Injections (ESIs)
Epidural steroid injections offer several benefits –
- ESIs are a great alternative to spine surgery
- ESIs can provide short-term pain relief
- ESIs are minimally invasive and fairly inexpensive
- ESIs offer quick relief that allows the person to exercise or follow physical therapy which boosts their chances of healing
How does the Epidural Steroid Injection work?
Your doctor will diagnose you for the cause of your pain. S/he will discuss your specific condition and the treatment plan with you. Pain specialists often use an integrated pain management approach that utilizes a combination of medication, injections and physical therapy to relieve your pain in the long-term.
An epidural steroid injection is administered as an outpatient procedure by your pain specialist. The needle is guided for accurate placement using fluoroscopy or X-ray. The injection takes about 15-30 minutes.
Most patients are able to return to work the next day, though you may feel some dull soreness at the injection site. Epidural steroid injections are safe, and side effects or adverse events are very rare.