Lumbar Epidural Injection
Do you suffer from chronic low back pain, leg pain, buttock pain or sciatica that has failed to improve with time and/or conservative therapy? If so you may be a candidate for this quick and simple treatment option.
Epidural Injection Q&A
What is an Epidural Injection?
Epidural injections are a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment for low back pain, buttock pain, leg pain or sciatica that has been around for decades. Your doctor will place a small amount of anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space NEAR the spine. This will relieve swelling, inflammation and most importantly pain.
What are the Benefits?
Epidural injections are simple and relatively painless procedures. Treatments take only minutes to perform and the relief can be exceptional. As a minimally-invasive procedure, the risk of scar tissue is virtually nonexistent. Most importantly this treatment provides rapid pain relief and allows patients to become active again, regaining the ability to resume normal daily activities.
How Does it Work?
Epidural injections Reduce inflammation helping to calm symptoms and aid in healing and Provide diagnostic information. Your physician will be able to better determine the cause of your pain based on the results of the injection.
The procedure involves injecting a corticosteroid into the epidural space. A corticosteroid is a powerful, slow-releasing, and long-lasting anti-inflammatory medication effective in reducing inflammation. Sometimes a narcotic is also injected to increase pain relief. The epidural space is the area between the protective membrane (dura mater) covering the spinal cord and the bony spinal canal. After the medication is injected, it flows and coats the nerve roots. Diagnostically speaking, when the patient’s symptoms are relieved, the injection provides evidence that a particular nerve root is a pain generator.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Two or three treatments are required for most patients.
When Will I Feel Better?
Positive effects an epidural injection can occur within two to three days, however most patients will start to see results after the second injection.
Is an Epidural Injection Right for Me?
If you suffer from chronic low back pain, leg pain, buttock pain or sciatica that has gone on for more than four weeks contact us today. We will schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Physicians, to see if this treatment is a good fit for you. Early treatment can increase your chances of success and decrease the likelihood of the pain worsening over time.