Feeling back pain? When painful swelling, especially as a reaction to injury or infection in the spinal column occurs; doctors sometimes will recommend an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and ease a patients pain. Epidural Steroids Injections typically are injected directly into the epidural space – the area between the dura mater and the vertebrae – to deliver pain-relieving medication directly to the inflamed area. Pain relief may be immediate and can last for several months.
Epidural Steroid Injections has been used for over 50 years to treat lumbar disc (A herniated disc is a spine condition that occurs when the gel-like center of a disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall.) . However, controversy still persists regarding their effectiveness in reducing the pain and improving the function with literature both supporting and opposing them are available.
Epidural Steroid Injections Won’t Solve Your Back Pain. They offer temporary relief.
Patients do benefit from Epidural steroid injections, but they aren’t going to definitively solve a patients chronic pain. Steroids make everything feel better, but there are reported side effects.
Treatment for a herniated disk involves relieving pain and discomfort while it heals.
Other treatments for back pain include:
Researchers found an 89% success rate of epidural steroid injection treatment for acute lumbar disk herniation in professional football players, according to Aaron J. Krych, MD at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2012 Specialty Day Meeting, here.
How long do epidural injections last for back pain?
Depends on patient. Can last for several months.
Why is pain worse after epidural steroid injection?
Doctors often will recommend conservative treatments first to treat back pain.
What are the side effects of epidural steroid injections?
Side effects from epidural steroid injections can include:
Some patients have reported temporary stinging or burning at the time of administering the injection. Through the guidance of an X-ray, a small needle is then advanced into the epidural space. Pressure is commonly felt during this procedure. If pain is felt, more local anesthetic will be used.
Consult with a pain specialist in-order to better understand the risks, potential benefits, and the doctor and staff providing this type of Interventional pain procedures. Call Kalter PMR an speak to a pain specialist. 631-257-1137 Located in Smithtown, New York
https://www.painandinjury.com/injections.html Pain Injection Chart.
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325433.php – What causes back pain and when to see a doctor.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21760554 – Epidural steroid injection for lumbar disc herniation in NFL athletes.