Epidural Steroid Injection
What Are Epidural Steroid Injections
At Hudson Valley Spine and Pain, one of the most common treatments we administer to our patients are epidural steroid injections. This treatment can be used to provide relief from conditions associated with inflammation that causes neck-related arm pain or lower-back related leg pain.
In both of these conditions, your spinal nerves have become inflamed because of the narrowing of the passages where your nerves travel as they pass out or down your spine. The goal of the epidural spinal injection is to provide relief from your pain. In many instances, the injection alone is enough to achieve this goal.
If not, we can use the epidural steroid injection as a component of a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help you achieve the desired result and find a higher quality of freedom. Continue reading to learn more about the epidural steroid injection.
How Do Epidural Steroid Injections Work?
With an epidural steroid injection, the steroid medication is directly injected in the area surrounding the dura, which is the sac around your nerve roots that holds the cerebrospinal fluid. Before we administer the epidural steroid injection, we will anesthetize with a tiny needle to numb the injection area. The epidural steroid injection typically will contain a combination of:
- Cortisone or a steroid that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
- A local anesthetic such as lidocaine that quickly works to provide fast and temporary pain relief. The longer-lasting Bupivacaine may also be used. In addition to providing pain relief, these local anesthetics work to dilute the immunologic or chemical agents that cause inflammation.
- Saline dilutes the local anesthetic or works to further dilute the agents causing inflammation.
Do I Need an Epidural Steroid Injection?
An epidural steroid injection is typically used to decrease inflammation of the spinal passages associated with a range of conditions, such as:
- Disc herniation
- Joint cysts
- Thickening of the ligaments in the spine
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
Whenever steroids are placed inside of your epidural space, it can significantly decrease the inflammation, reduce pain, and allow you to enjoy improved function. While the epidural steroid injection will not change the underlying condition, it can break the inflammation and pain cycle while allowing your body to compensate for the condition. In this sense, the epidural steroid injection offers benefits that greatly outlast the effects of the steroid medication.
Contact Hudson Valley Spine and Pain for Relief with Epidural Steroid Injections
Whether you suffer from spinal stenosis, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, or any other painful condition, NAPA offers treatments to help improve your function and quality of life. We’ll work to provide solutions that help bolster your long-term holistic health.