Did you know that your spinal health is closely related to your overall health and well-being? Poor posture, stress, and other unhealthy habits can lead to spine-related problems. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to help improve spinal health, from physical therapy to chiropractic care. In this blog post, we’ll explore epidural steroid injections.
What are Epidural Steroid Injections?
Epidural steroid injections are a common treatment for spinal stenosis, a condition that narrows the spinal canal and puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The injections contain a corticosteroid and an anesthetic, which work together to reduce inflammation and pain. Epidural steroid injections are most commonly used to treat cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis. They can effectively relieve pain and improve function in people with these conditions.
Patients diagnosed with spine disorders such as sciatica, disc-related issues such as bulging or ruptured discs, spinal stenosis, or back pain that spreads into the limbs are candidates for Epidural Steroid Injections. Those with failed back surgery syndrome may be candidates for Epidural Steroid Injections in some situations.
Your spine expert will assess your diagnosed spine condition, other spine treatments you’ve had, the course of your spine condition, and any relevant diagnostic imaging to see if you’re a candidate for Epidural Steroid Injections.
How are These Injections Administered?
Epidural steroid injections are a standard treatment for back and neck pain. The injections are given by a doctor who will numb the area with an anesthetic. Next, the doctor will insert a needle into the epidural space around the spinal cord. Finally, the doctor will inject a steroid medication into the area.
What to Expect After an Epidural Steroid Injection
Most people who receive an epidural steroid injection will experience some relief from their symptoms. The medication will work quickly to reduce inflammation and pain. However, some people may experience minor side effects such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness.
After receiving your injection, you may resume all of your normal daily activities. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. Be sure to follow all post-injection instructions carefully to ensure a successful recovery.
How Often Can You Get Epidural Steroid Injections?
The number of epidural steroid injections that a person can have in a year varies. It depends on the type of injection, the person’s age, and the reason for the injection. Some people may only need one injection a year, while others may need several.
How Long Do They Last for Back Pain?
The effects of an epidural injection can last anywhere from a week to a year and give brief pain relief. It’s especially helpful for people who have severe back and/or leg discomfort. It frequently relieves enough pain to allow for rehabilitative stretching activities.
Epidural steroid injections are used to treat a variety of conditions, including spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and radiculopathy. This article looked at the benefits of epidural steroid injections and how they can help improve your quality of life. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment, the team at Haydel Spine Pain & Wellness today by filling out the form below.