How Epidural Steroid Injections Alleviate Back and Neck Pain

To learn whether an epidural steroid injection is right for you, and for all of your pain management needs, call one of Optim

Whether your back or neck pain is the result of an acute injury, degenerative condition or wear and tear, it can negatively affect all aspects of your daily life. In such cases, an epidural steroid injection can offer welcome relief.

At Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine, with six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (Arlington, Addison, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Plano, and Rockwall, Texas), we have helped countless patients reclaim active lives with epidural steroid injections

An epidural injection will not “cure” your condition but they can provide weeks to months of pain relief as they reduce the inflammation affecting your nerves.  

What conditions are treated with epidural steroid injections?

Epidural injections don’t treat specific conditions but instead act as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce the nerve irritation responsible for your pain. 

Changes in the tissues in your spine that surround nerve roots can compress or pinch your nerves as they travel through or exit your spine. Among such conditions are:

An epidural injection can help prevent pain as your body heals from an injury. And because it typically includes an anesthetic, you may feel immediate pain. 

However, in many cases, an epidural injection is only part of a  treatment plan.

The benefits of an epidural steroid injection

When combined with a well-rounded treatment program that may include physical therapy, and other conservative therapies, our pain management physicians may recommend a steroid injection to:

How safe are epidural steroid injections?

When administered by an experienced pain management specialists like those at Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine, these injections are considered safe.

The injections are delivered directly into the epidural space, which encircles the dural sac surrounding your spinal cord, nerve roots, and cerebrospinal fluid. Our doctors use fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray, as a guide to ensure precise placement of the injection.

The injection site is numbed with a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort. You may feel a pressure sensation as the steroid is injected, but the procedure is painless.

Following the injection, you will be monitored in the office for 15-20 minutes and then discharge you home with detailed instructions for your aftercare. 

To learn whether an epidural steroid injection is right for you, and for all of your pain management needs, call one of Optimal Pain & Regenerative Medicine’s six offices or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

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