- Cervical Interlaminar Epidural
- Caudal Epidural Steroid Injection
- Lumbar Interlaminar Epidural
- Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural
Epidural steroid injections are a common, effective treatment option for patients with a variety of back, neck or radicular pain. These injections reduce inflammation in and around nerve roots to relieve pain, give your body space to heal and improve mobility and functionality.
Most epidural pain management injections combine a steroid with an anesthetic like lidocaine to provide immediate pain relief and longer-term inflammation control. These two medications are injected into the epidural space of your spinal canal between the bones and the area with spinal fluid.
Epidural back pain relief injections are often used after less aggressive treatments and over-the-counter medications have failed to provide the pain management you need. These injections are considered minimally invasive and relatively safe, with few temporary side effects.
How Do Steroid Epidural Injection Procedures Work?
When you get an epidural steroid injection, the steroid and anesthetic are applied as closely as possible to the source of your pain. The medications work to surround your irritated nerve roots to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
Your injection may also help to cleanse the area experiencing pain by removing inflammatory proteins that could be increasing the severity of your symptoms. With these proteins and other inflammation cleared away, your body has the opportunity to begin healing itself more effectively.
The relief your epidural injection offers can also provide you with a greater range of motion and mobility. This reprieve may allow you to more successfully take on other treatment options like physical therapy and rehabilitation for long-term alleviation of your discomfort.
At the Spine Institute of North America, we offer several types of epidural injections to help manage different kinds of pain. We’ll inject your medication in targeted areas of your spine so that it has the best access to the nerves causing the issue.