Epidural steroid injections are a safe and efficient way to treat common back pain symptoms that can arise from the disks, the exiting nerves or the narrowing of the spinal canals.
Epidurals are now recommended to be done earlier vs. later as a treatment option to prevent pain symptoms from becoming chronic conditions.
In order to provide the highest level of care, our procedures are done at an outpatient surgery center. Patients lay comfortably on a surgical table. The area is prepped in a sterile fashion. Fluoroscopic guidance (live x-ray) is used to ensure proper needle position within the epidural space and is confirmed using a contrast material that is visualized on the fluoroscopy.
The whole procedure takes less than 15 minutes in most circumstances. Patients are asked to relax that day and may perform their normal activities the following day.
The steroid (Depomedrol) will start to work within 24-48 hours. Patients usually receive immediate relief from the local anesthetic injected.
We recommend patients follow-up after one week of injection in our office and usually recommend continued physical therapy to prevent recurrence of symptoms.
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